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Representative Ruppersberger visits campus

23 April 2014 By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor No Comments
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Jasmine Williams/ The Towerlight

The last time that Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) came to Towson, it was to announce a piece of legislation that he had introduced. This time, he came to talk at the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday about how Congress works, what his role in Congress is, how he got to the House and to hear concerns from students.

“It’s always important to communicate with my constituents,” he said. “It’s always good to communicate, especially with the future, the younger generation that are being educated and I want to hear, more importantly than anything, I want to hear what the issues are from you all.”

Ruppersberger, who is the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and represents Maryland’s second congressional district, once attended college at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied journalism. Ruppersberger said that he thinks student government is “extremely important.”

“I was involved in high school politics, [but] I didn’t get involved in college because I played lacrosse,” he said.

Ruppersberger is a part of the “Gang of Eight,” an elite group of congressional leaders that the president must keep informed about classified intelligence issues as a matter of oversight.

“Now that I’m in congress I’m in leadership in the intelligence committee. And that job is dealing with terrorism, dealing with cyber attacks, dealing with a China/Russia threat,” he said.

After some speculation that he would run for governor, Ruppersberger officially announced in January that he would not.

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