Congressman Ruppersberger Chosen to Receive MACo’s Prestigious Praisner Public Service Award

MACo Unveils U.S. Member of Congress as recipient of the Prestigious 2023 Praisner Award. 

MACo is delighted to announce the recipient of the 2023 Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award, established to honor the remarkable legacy of Marilyn J. Praisner, former Montgomery County Council Member and MACo Past President. With support from the Local Government Insurance Trust, this prestigious award, a collaboration between the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, acknowledges outstanding service by current or former elected county officials to their constituents, county, and MACo.

MACo and the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance are proud to unveil U.S. Member of Congress C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Baltimore County as the deserving recipient of the 2023 Praisner Award. MACo will honor Congressman Ruppersberger during MACo’s Winter Conference.


C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, U.S. House of Representatives

An excerpt from the nomination materials, submitted by, John Olszewski, Jr., Baltimore County Executive, MACo 1st Vice President, gives us insight into Congressman Ruppersberger’s illustrious career, marked by a steadfast commitment to public service. His journey began on the Baltimore County Council in 1985, where he was elected and subsequently served two terms. During his tenure, Dutch Ruppersberger emerged as a leader known for his innovative thinking and proactive initiatives to address the county’s pressing issues. His early experiences in local governance laid the foundation for a career dedicated to the betterment of his community.

Transitioning from local to federal representation, Dutch Ruppersberger assumed the role of a U.S. Member of Congress in 2002, representing Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. In this esteemed position, he continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and an unwavering dedication to his constituents. Notably, his foresight and commitment to collaboration led to the founding of the House Municipal Caucus, a bipartisan effort aimed at strategically empowering local governments. This initiative showcases his visionary approach to governance and the cultivation of solutions that benefit local and national communities.

Testimonials: Dutch Ruppersberger’s career is a testament to his commonsense problem-solving approach, earning him respect and admiration from colleagues and constituents alike. Serving nine impactful years on the Baltimore County Council, Dutch quickly earned a reputation for his unique ability to bridge divides and find common ground on complex issues. His consensus-building skills were further exemplified during his two terms as County Executive, where he navigated a fractured political landscape to foster stability, growth, and positive change.

What sets Congressman Ruppersberger apart is his political acumen and his unwavering commitment to ethical standards. Throughout his tenure, he prioritized the best interests of his constituents, refusing to compromise on principles that did not align with the greater good. His leadership style, characterized by integrity and a focus on collaboration, has left an indelible mark on Baltimore County’s political landscape.

Achievements: Congressman Ruppersberger’s list of achievements is a testament to his ability to drive positive change through effective collaboration and strategic decision-making. His successful collaboration with stakeholders stands out as a hallmark of his leadership. Whether working with community leaders, fellow politicians, or advocacy groups, he consistently sought common ground to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

One of his notable accomplishments was the unification of the County delegation in Annapolis, showcasing his skill in bringing diverse perspectives together for the collective good. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in securing policies and funding for crucial areas such as education, public safety, and job growth. His dedication to improving the lives of his constituents is evident in the tangible outcomes of his advocacy efforts, contributing to the overall prosperity and well-being of Baltimore County.

Conclusion: Winter Conference attendees will have the opportunity to witness the well-deserved presentation of the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award to a public servant whose tireless efforts have significantly shaped Baltimore County and left a lasting impact on communities far beyond its borders. MACo salutes Congressman Ruppersberger for his dedication to public service and his enduring legacy of positive change.

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