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Cramer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
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Kevin Cramer sits on the following committees:
Cramer was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cramer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%)Energy (17%)Taxation (17%)Health (13%)Armed Forces and National Security (9%)Science, Technology, Communications (9%)Native Americans (9%)Agriculture and Food (9%)
Some of Cramer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Cramer’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Yea||H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015|
Oct 28, 2015. Passed 266/167.
This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously the Trade Act of 2015.
|Yea||H.Res. 450: Providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 597) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, ...|
Oct 27, 2015. Passed 275/154.
|Yea||H.R. 719: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016|
Sep 30, 2015. Passed 277/151.
This was a vote to agree to the provisions to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015 that the Senate had added in a previous vote. With this vote, the House approved the Senate's changes to the bill, with the government funding provisions, sending ...
|Aye||H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act|
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
|Yea||H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015|
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
|Yea||H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015|
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
|Aye||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
|No||H.R. 3309 (113th): Innovation Act|
Dec 5, 2013. Passed 325/91.
|Nay||H.R. 297 (113th): Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013|
Feb 4, 2013. Passed 352/50.
|Yea||H.R. 152 (113th): Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013|
Jan 15, 2013. Passed 241/180.
From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Cramer missed 133 of 3,340 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Kevin Cramer is pronounced:
KEV-in // KRAY-mer
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Kevin John Cramer (born January 21, 1961) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's At-large congressional district since 2013. Cramer was previously the Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (1991–1993), State Tourism Director (1993–1997), Economic Development Director (1997–2000) and on the North Dakota Public Service Commission (2003–2012).
In Congress, Cramer serves on the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce with subcommittee assignments on Energy, Environment, and Communications & Technology subcommittees.
Cramer is running in the 2018 Senate race in North Dakota.
Early life and education
Cramer was born in Rolette, North Dakota, the first of the five children of Richard and Clarice Cramer. He was raised in Kindred, North Dakota in Cass County. He graduated from Kindred High School. He received a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1983. He earned a master's degree in management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2003.
Early political career
After college, Cramer campaigned for an unsuccessful Republican tax commissioner candidate in 1984. In 1986, he campaigned for U.S. Senator Mark Andrews’ bid for re-election. Andrews lost to North Dakota Democratic-NPL PartyU.S. SenatorKent Conrad. Conrad's party is the North Dakota affiliate of the Democratic Party. Cramer went on to work for the state Republican Party.
He was the Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party from 1991 to 1993. At age 30, he was the youngest person to be named state party chairman.
In 1993, Republican Governor Ed Schafer appointed him to be State Tourism Director and served that position until he was appointed to become Economic Development Director in 1997.
In 1996, House Majority LeaderDick Armey of Texas, a North Dakota native, persuaded Cramer to challenge Democratic U.S. Congressman Earl Pomeroy in North Dakota's At-large congressional district. Pomeroy defeated him 55%–43%. In 1998, Cramer ran against him in a rematch. Pomeroy defeated him again by a wider margin of 56%–41%.
Following his stint as Director of Economic Development, he became Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation. He served that position until he was appointed to the Public Service Commission by Republican Governor John Hoeven. He was elected to a six-year term in 2004 when he defeated NPL nominee Ron Gumeringer 65%–35%.
Cramer serves as the co-chairman of the Roughrider Honor Flight program. This program gives World War Two veterans the chance to visit the World War Two memorial in Washington, D.C. Cramer has worked to locate veterans and raise money for them to take part in the program.
On January 14, 2010, he announced he would run for the North Dakota seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. Cramer was very visible in early 2010 at North Dakota town hall meetings fighting against health care legislation passed by the US House in late 2009. Cramer has attended numerous Tea Party rallies in North Dakota, where he speaks about energy, taxes, jobs and the Constitution. He was unsuccessful in receiving the nomination at the state Republican Party convention in March 2010, losing to former House Majority Leader Rick Berg.
Later in 2010, Cramer won re-election to a second term to the Public Service Commission, defeating Democratic candidate Brad Crabtree 61%–35%.
U.S. House of Representatives (2013–present)
Main article: United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2012
In 2012, incumbent U.S. Representative Rick Berg decided to retire to run for the U.S. Senate. Cramer decided to run for the seat a fourth time.
Various national conservative groups, include FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth, endorsed Cramer, while Berg endorsed Cramer's rival, fellow Public Service CommissionerBrian Kalk. In the Republican primary election in June 2012, Cramer won 54,405 votes (54%) to Kalk's 45,415 votes (45%).
In the November 2012 general election, Cramer went on to defeat Democratic-NPL State Representative Pam Gulleson in the general election, with Cramer receiving 173,585 votes (55%) to Gulleson's 131,870 votes (42%). (The Libertarian candidate, Eric Olson, received about 3% of the vote).
Cramer was sworn in on January 3, 2013.
Main article: United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2014
In 2014, Cramer ran for reelection, running unopposed for renomination as the Republican candidate.
Cramer won with 55% of the vote, defeating Democratic-NPL nominee George B. Sinner, who received 38%. A Libertarian candidate, Jack Seaman, received slightly under 6%.
Main article: United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2016
In 2016, Cramer sought election to a third term in Congress. He ran unopposed in the primary election and defeated Democratic-NPL nominee Chase Iron Eyes, a Native American activist, in the general election,.
Main article: United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2018
After months of speculation, Cramer announced on January 11, 2018, that he would not seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to run against North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and would instead run for re-election to the U.S. House. He hired Jared Hendrix, a grassroots activist and veteran of North Dakota political races, as his campaign manager.
It was reported on February 5, 2018, that Cramer had about 21 times the cash-on-hand of his North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party opponent, former state representative Ben W. Hanson. On February 9, 2018, it was reported that Cramer was reconsidering a run for the U.S. Senate. On February 15, 2018, Cramer announced that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.
Positions and tenure
Cramer opposes abortion. He is a critic of Planned Parenthood and has called for cutting off public funding of the group.
In 2013, during a commencement address at the University of Mary, Cramer condemned the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade and tied an uptick in mass shootings to the legalization of abortion and a demise in religious values. This remark was criticized by the director of the North Dakota Democratic Party and in Cosmopolitan. Cramer said "I was asked recently by a reporter if I'm afraid that some people would attack me if I speak like this. And I said, 'No, I’m not afraid they will, I'm quite certain they will." In the same speech, Cramer stated of U.S. society: "We've normalized perversion and perverted God's natural law."
An opponent of the Affordable Care Acthealth care reform legislation, he has voted to repeal it. He also opposes same-sex marriage and condemned the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Cramer voted to repeal the estate tax.
Cramer does believe in man made climate change, but acknowledges that climate changes naturally over time.  Cramer acknowledges that climate change is occurring, but questions the degree to which humans contribute to it, and opposes regulations to address the issue. Cramer nevertheless has said that he would support a small carbon tax if the revenue went to research and development on clean fuel.
Cramer has been described by Reuters as "one of America's most ardent drilling advocates." Cramer supports an increase in oil and gas drilling on public lands and supports cutting taxes for energy producers. He is opposed to what he characterizes as overreach by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In May 2016, Donald Trump asked Cramer to draft his campaign's energy policy. He wrote Trump's energy plan, which focuses heavily on promoting fossil fuels and weakening environmental regulation. The plan also vows to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and repeal U.S. regulations aims at controlling the carbon emissions which cause climate change. Cramer was "one of a handful of early Trump endorsers" among House Republicans.
Cramer opposes recent gun regulation proposals.
In 2013, at a forum on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Cramer engaged in "a testy exchange with Native American victim assistance leaders." Cramer later issued a statement apologizing for his "tone and rhetoric" during the exchange. Cramer voted to reauthorize the VAWA, but opposed language in the act that would allow tribal courts to prosecute non-Natives "for abusing or assaulting Native American women on Indian land." Cramer stated "How could a non-Native man get a fair trial on a reservation?" and questioned the constitutionality of the provision. He voted for an amendment to repeal the provision in question.
Cramer supports cuts in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program), and attracted controversy in 2013 when he cited a biblical quotation several times in support of Republicans' efforts to cut some $40 billion from the program over a ten-year period.
Cramer supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that "I think what Donald Trump is doing is he’s pulling America’s head out of the sand and facing the reality that we have not been kept very safe by current immigration and refugee policies."
In February 2017, during President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a number of other female Democratic members of Congress wore white in protest against Trump. Cramer mocked the clothing protest, saying the congresswomen dressed "poorly" and remarking "It is a syndrome. There is no question, there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidarity with Hillary Clinton to celebrate her loss. You cannot get that weird."
He is married to Kris, and has five children, and four grandchildren.
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- ^Kevin Cramer: North Dakota women not profitable for Planned Parenthood (video of statement on U.S. House of Representatives floor, made available by Getty Images).
- ^Cramer Statement on Planned Parenthood Abortion Practices (press release), Office of U.S. Representative (July 16, 2015).
- ^ abAmanda Terkel, Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Congressman, Ties School Shootings to Abortion Legalization, Huffington Post (May 16, 2013).
- ^Natasha Burton, Another Day, Another Crazy Abortion Claim from a Conservative Male Politician, Cosmopolitan (May 17, 2013).
- ^US Rep. Cramer Criticized For Linking Legalized Abortion To School Shootings, Associated Press (May 21, 2013).
- ^John Hageman, State leaders have mixed feelings in Affordable Care Act ruling, Grand Fords Herald (June 25, 2015).
- ^U.S. House Votes to Repeal Obamacare (press release), Office of U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (February 3, 2015).
- ^Krista Boehm, The first same-sex couple to grab their marriage license, KVLY-TV (June 26, 2015).
- ^Cramer Statement on Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling (press release), Office of U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (June 26, 2015).
- ^Nick Smith, N.D. delegation split on gay marriage, Bismarck Tribune (June 26, 2013).
- ^Cramer - House Passes Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (press release), Office of U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (April 16, 2015).
- ^ abBen Schreckinger, Trump acknowledges climate change — at his golf course, Politico (May 23, 2016).
- ^ abAshley Park & Coral Davenport, New York Times: What Are Donald Trump's Views on Climate Change? Some Clues Emerge, New York Times (May 26, 2016).
- ^Evan Lehmann, Meet Donald Trump's New Energy Adviser: Kevin Cramer calls himself a climate-change skeptic yet he might support a carbon tax, ClimateWire (republished by Scientific American) (May 13, 2016).
- ^ abValerie Volcovici, Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor, Reuters (May 13, 2016).
- ^Mark Drajem, Get your energy policy ideas to Kevin Cramer ASAP[permanent dead link], Bloomberg Government (May 16, 2016).
- ^Ashley Parker & Coral Davenport, Donald Trump's Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules, (May 26, 2016).
- ^Mike DeBonis, Paul Ryan faces intense pressure to reconcile with Donald Trump, Washington Post (May 11, 2016).
- ^Ted Fioraliso, Cramer says increased gun control wouldn't have prevented Orlando shooting, KFYR-TV (July 14, 2016).
- ^Nick Smith, Hoeven, Cramer give gun legislation cool response, Bismarck Tribune (June 21, 2016).
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- ^ abCongressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Votes to Eliminate Constitutional Challenges to the Violence Against Women Act (press release), Office of U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (February 28, 2013).
- ^ abSierra Crane-Murdoch, Is the Violence Against Women Act a chance for tribes to reinforce their sovereignty?, High Country Today (June 12, 2013).
- ^Igor Bobic, GOP Rep. Quotes Bible On Food Stamps: 'If Anyone Is Not Willing To Work, Let Him Not Eat', TalkingPointsMemo (September 20, 2013).
- ^Rep. Cramer's opponents use Bible verses to debate food stamp cuts, look toward 2014 election, Grand Forks Herald (September 25, 2013).
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