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Ruppersberger loses seat on Intelligence Committee

Ruppersberger loses seat on Intelligence Committee

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a member of the House Intelligence Committee for a record 12 years, lost his seat on the panel Thursday when House Democratic leaders appointed a replacement.

The Baltimore County lawmaker, who served four years beyond the committee's eight-year term limit, had sought permission to continue as its top Democrat. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Rep. Adam Schiff of California on Thursday to fill that role.

Ruppersberger, whose district includes Fort Meade and the National Security Agency, has been a staunch defender of the intelligence community amid criticism following revelations by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden...