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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Kevin Cramer (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from North Dakota. He assumed office on January 3, 2019. His current term ends on January 3, 2025.

Cramer (Republican Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent North Dakota. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

He defeated the incumbent, Heidi Heitkamp (D), with 55.1 percent of the vote.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cramer is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Cramer served as chair of the North Dakota Republican Party, state tourism director, and state economic development and finance director. He also worked as a nonprofit executive director. Cramer served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2012 and represented North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2013 to 2019. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House seat in 1996, 1998, and 2010.

Cramer was born and raised in Kindred, North Dakota. During his high school years, he worked at an electrical co-op with his father. When he graduated, he attended Concordia College, a Lutheran school. He worked on political campaigns after college and by 30 was the youngest state party chair in North Dakota's history. He held numerous state offices and lost elections to the At-Large District three times before winning in 2012.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cramer's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2019-Present: U.S. Senator from North Dakota
  • 2013-2019: U.S. Representative from North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District
  • 2003-2012: North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 2003: Earned M.S. from University of Mary
  • 2001-2003: Director, Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation
  • 1993-1997: Director, North Dakota tourism
  • 1991-1993: Chair, North Dakota Republican Party
  • 1979-1983: Earned B.A. from Concordia College

Caucuses/Former Committees

Founding Chair, Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Northern Border Caucus, present

Former Member, Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Airland, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, United States House of Representatitves

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Environment, United States House of Representatives

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives

Education

  • MA, Management, University of Mary, 2003
  • BA, Social Work/Pre-Seminary Studies, Concordia College, 1983

Professional Experience

  • MA, Management, University of Mary, 2003
  • BA, Social Work/Pre-Seminary Studies, Concordia College, 1983
  • President, North Dakota Public Service Commission, present
  • Host, Scott Hennen Show, present
  • Adjunct Instructor of Marketing/Management, University of Mary, present
  • Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2003-2012
  • Executive Director, Harold Schafer Leadership Center, 2000-2003
  • Director of Economic Development and Finance, North Dakota Department, 1997-2000
  • Director of Tourism, North Dakota State Government, 1993-1997

Political Experience

  • MA, Management, University of Mary, 2003
  • BA, Social Work/Pre-Seminary Studies, Concordia College, 1983
  • President, North Dakota Public Service Commission, present
  • Host, Scott Hennen Show, present
  • Adjunct Instructor of Marketing/Management, University of Mary, present
  • Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2003-2012
  • Executive Director, Harold Schafer Leadership Center, 2000-2003
  • Director of Economic Development and Finance, North Dakota Department, 1997-2000
  • Director of Tourism, North Dakota State Government, 1993-1997
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2019-present
  • Public Service Commissioner, State of North Dakota, 2003-present
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District At-Large, 2012-2019
  • Candidate, United States Senate, 2018
  • Candidate, United States Senate, North Dakota, 2018
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1996, 1998

Former Committees/Caucuses

Founding Chair, Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Northern Border Caucus, present

Former Member, Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, United States House of Representatitves

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Environment, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on Armed Services

Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Member, Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee

Member, Committee on the Budget

Member, Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety

Member, Subcommittee on Economic Policy

Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection

Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife

Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Seapower

Member, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MA, Management, University of Mary, 2003
  • BA, Social Work/Pre-Seminary Studies, Concordia College, 1983
  • President, North Dakota Public Service Commission, present
  • Host, Scott Hennen Show, present
  • Adjunct Instructor of Marketing/Management, University of Mary, present
  • Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2003-2012
  • Executive Director, Harold Schafer Leadership Center, 2000-2003
  • Director of Economic Development and Finance, North Dakota Department, 1997-2000
  • Director of Tourism, North Dakota State Government, 1993-1997
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2019-present
  • Public Service Commissioner, State of North Dakota, 2003-present
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District At-Large, 2012-2019
  • Candidate, United States Senate, 2018
  • Candidate, United States Senate, North Dakota, 2018
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1996, 1998
  • Executive Trustee, University of Mary, 2006-present
  • Board Member, University of Mary, present
  • Former Chair, North Dakota Grand Old Party (GOP)
  • Former Member, Republican National Committee
  • Chair, Roughrider Honor Flight, 2009-2011
  • Chair, North Dakota Teen Challenge, 2008-2009
  • Chair, North Dakota Republican Party, 1991-1993
  • Executive Director, North Dakota Republican Party, 1989-1991

Other Info

Names of Grandchildren:

Lyla, Beau, Nico

  • 3

Policy Positions

2021

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Yes

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Yes

North Dakota Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

Capital Punishment

Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
- Yes

3. Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
- No

Energy

1. Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
- Yes

2. Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
- Yes

Environment

1. Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
- No

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

1. Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

Marriage

Do you support same-sex marriage?
- No

National Security

1. Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
- Yes

2. Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Yes

Social Security

Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
- No

Spending and Taxes

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

1. Agriculture
- Slightly Decrease

2. Arts
- Greatly Decrease

3. Defense
- Greatly Increase

4. Education
- Maintain Status

5. Environment
- Greatly Decrease

6. Homeland Security
- Maintain Status

7. International aid
- Maintain Status

8. Medical Research
- Slightly Increase

9. Scientific Research
- Slightly Increase

10. Space exploration
- Slightly Increase

11. United Nations
- Greatly Decrease

12. Welfare
- Greatly Decrease

13. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

14. Capital gains taxes
- Eliminate

15. Corporate taxes
- Slightly Decrease

16. Excise taxes (alcohol)
- Maintain Status

17. Excise taxes (cigarettes)
- Maintain Status

18. Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
- Slightly Increase

19. Income taxes (low-income families)
- Maintain Status

20. Income taxes (middle-income families)
- Maintain Status

21. Income taxes (high-income families)
- Maintain Status

22. Inheritance taxes
- Eliminate

23. Payroll taxes
- Slightly Decrease

Congress Bills
Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. Senate North Dakota

Kevin Cramer defeated incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and Thomas O'Neill in the general election for U.S. Senate North Dakota on November 6, 2018.

Kevin Cramer (R)
55.1%
179,720 Votes

Heidi Heitkamp (D)
44.3%
144,376 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.6%
2,042 Votes

Total votes: 326,138
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate North Dakota

Incumbent Heidi Heitkamp advanced from the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate North Dakota on June 12, 2018.

Heidi Heitkamp
100.0%
36,729 Votes

Total votes: 36,729

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate North Dakota

Kevin Cramer defeated Thomas O'Neill in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate North Dakota on June 12, 2018.

Kevin Cramer
87.9%
61,529 Votes

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Thomas O'Neill
12.1%
8,509 Votes

Total votes: 70,038

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Gary Emineth (R)
  • Dustin David Peyer (D)


2016

rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Kevin Cramer (R) defeated Chase Iron Eyes (D) and Jack Seaman (L) in the general election on November 8, 2016. No candidate faced a primary opponent in June.

U.S. House, North Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer Incumbent 69.1% 233,980
Democratic Chase Iron Eyes 23.7% 80,377
Libertarian Jack Seaman 7% 23,528
N/A Write-in 0.2% 574
Total Votes 338,459
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State

2014

U.S. House, North Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer Incumbent 55.5% 138,100
Democratic George B. Sinner 38.5% 95,678
Libertarian Jack Seaman 5.8% 14,531
Write-in Write-in candidates 0.1% 361
Total Votes 248,670
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State

2012

U.S. House, North Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Pam Gulleson 41.7% 131,870
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer 54.9% 173,585
Libertarian Eric Olson 3.2% 10,261
Write In N/A 0.2% 508
Total Votes 316,224
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

North Dakota's At-Large Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer 54.5% 54,405
Brian Kalk 45.5% 45,415
Total Votes 99,820

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kevin Cramer won election to the office of North Dakota Public Service Commission. He defeated Brad Crabtree (D) and Joshua Voytek (L) in the general election.

North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer Incumbent 61.5% 142,644
Democratic Brad Crabtree 34.9% 81,011
Libertarian Joshua Voytek 3.6% 8,315
Write-In Various 0.1% 144
Total Votes 232,114
Election results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

2004

On November 2, 2004, Kevin Cramer won re-election to the office of North Dakota Public Service Commission. He defeated Ron Gumeringer (D-NPL) in the general election.

North Dakota Public Service Commission, 2004

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer Incumbent 65.5% 191,825
Democratic Ron Gumeringer 34.5% 101,081
Total Votes 292,906
Election results via North Dakota Secretary of State.
Speeches
Articles

ArgiPulse - Put Our Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster the Food Supply Chain in Any New COVID-19 Relief Package

May 28, 2020

By Senators Cramer, King, Rounds, Manchin, Daines, Smith, Barrasso, Tester, and Enzi "Agriculture is the economic engine for many communities in the Midwest, North East, and across the Upper Great Plains. Our agricultural producers play a critical role in feeding and fueling our nation, and also in our national security strategy. When we can produce affordable, nutritious food here at home, we don't have to rely on other countries to obtain it. Unfortunately, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is exposing several vulnerabilities to our nation's food supply chain. "Today, around 80 percent of the nation's beef is processed by only four meat packing companies, two of which are foreign owned. In the last few weeks, several of their processing facilities have closed because of COVID-19 outbreaks among their workforce. This highlights a chokepoint in our food supply chain. With fewer processing plants available to accept livestock, our farmers and ranchers have fewer outlets for their product. At the same time, American consumers are seeing shortages of beef, pork and poultry at the grocery store. "As we look to enhance additional markets for producers and consumers, one is immediately available. The New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act is a bipartisan bill which would allow meat and poultry products inspected by state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines. Senators Rounds (R-S.D.) and King (I-Maine) led a bipartisan group of senators to introduce this legislation last year, and now we are urging our congressional leaders to include it in any future economic recovery measures. "This commonsense legislation would allow meat and poultry products that have been inspected by a Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)-approved state MPI program to be sold across state lines. Right now, there are 27 states with inspection programs certified by FSIS that meet or exceed federal inspection standards. However, only six states are allowed to sell their state- inspected meat and poultry across state lines. "Under federal regulations, state MPI standards must be "at least equal to" federal meat and poultry inspection programs. For example, in South Dakota, state-inspected meat products such as beef and pork are limited to markets within South Dakota, despite being subject to inspections equal to or exceeding federal inspection standards. "This bill would level the playing field for producers of meat and poultry products while maintaining the highest quality standards for consumers. Since the state inspection standards are required by law to be equal to or better than the federal inspection standards, it makes sense to allow products that pass state inspection protocols to be sold across state lines. This legislation will create new markets for producers and processers, give consumers more choices at the grocery store, and continue to maintain the high quality and safety standards necessary to keep consumers healthy. "Farmers and ranchers in South Dakota, Maine, North Dakota, Iowa, Montana, West Virginia, Wyoming, Minnesota, and across the country consistently produce some of the highest-quality products in the world. This legislation opens up new markets for farmers and ranchers and will promote a more competitive meat and poultry processing environment. It will give smaller, state inspected meat and poultry processing facilities the opportunity to compete in markets throughout the United States. "As Congress continues debating ways to provide economic relief while bolstering our nation's supply chains, we will be seeking to get commonsense ideas such as this included in any potential legislation."

Washington Examiner - COVID-19 Shows Necessity of Broadband Access in Rural America

May 27, 2020

By Senators Kevin Cramer, Joni Ernst, and David Perdue "As folks in our home states of North Dakota, Iowa, Georgia, and across the country are adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become clear that access to the internet is paramount. "As you might imagine, the uptick in internet activity is noticeable. According to the Rural Broadband Association, since the COVID-19 national emergency was declared on March 13, its broadband providers have experienced increases in usage, as people are downloading and uploading data at significantly higher rates. "The reason behind the spike is pretty simple. Teachers and students are using broadband to keep the school year on schedule. Companies are moving their workplaces online, and employees are using broadband to stay connected. Healthcare providers are utilizing telehealth to connect with patients. People across the country are using the internet to apply for resources and to seek assistance. Families are relying on broadband to get updates from friends and loved ones. Immunocompromised individuals are using the internet to acquire necessities they need instead of going to a physical store. "These and other functions need to be protected, yet many providers are beginning to feel this pandemic's economic impact. In the same survey previously mentioned, more than 54% of respondents from 38 states have seen an increase of up to 20% in uncollectible payments. "Many of these broadband providers have taken the Federal Communications Commission's Keep Americans Connected Pledge. By taking the pledge, it has agreed to: not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills during this pandemic; waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances; and to open its Wi-Fi hot spots to anyone who needs them. "Maintaining a reliable internet connection, especially for people in our rural communities, is critically important to weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress needs to play its part in keeping folks connected. "That is why we've teamed up with our Democratic and Republican colleagues to help tackle this issue. Our bipartisan bill, (led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar) the Keeping Critical Connections Act, would create a program using existing, unobligated funds to incentivize small broadband providers to deliver free or discounted broadband services or upgrades for low-income families struggling to pay their bills or who have a student in the household in need of distance-learning capability during COVID-19. This will help our rural communities stay connected, as many of these small broadband providers serve our remote areas. "We cannot allow the COVID-19 pandemic to increase the digital divide that continues to plague our nation. Whether it's to help our schools, businesses, and healthcare providers operate remotely, or making sure people stay connected, reliable broadband connectivity is as important as ever. "This bipartisan effort will help keep our citizens connected while making sure our smaller providers are made whole as we make it through these challenging days. This would be an important step to protecting internet connectivity for all, and we are urging our congressional colleagues to join us in this fight."

Minot Daily News - Help is on the way: What North Dakotans need to know about COVID-19 federal response efforts

Apr. 8, 2020

By U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong "On March 27, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation providing unprecedented support for combatting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID--19) pandemic. "In addition to greatly increasing support for health care providers and life-saving medical equipment, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act helps address the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 by injecting immediate relief into the economy and giving assistance to American families and workers who need it most. It builds on the emergency supplemental funding bill we passed early in March and the targeted relief we passed shortly thereafter. "The best way to fight the effects of COVID--19 is to fight the pandemic itself, which is why we helped secure $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers who are working to help sick people recover and to ultimately develop effective treatments and a vaccine. "The CARES Act also includes $45 billion for FEMA disaster relief; $16 billion to purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs), ventilators and other medical supplies; $11 billion for vaccines, diagnostics and preparedness needs; $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and $1 billion for the Defense Production Act so manufacturers can ramp up the production of critically needed supplies. We are grateful for the tireless efforts of our health care providers and are fully committed to getting the medical community the resources it needs to end this pandemic. "As they do so, we want to make sure American families, workers and businesses can weather this storm. A key component of the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses who maintain their payroll during the emergency. The primary purpose of this program is to ensure that employees continue to get paid by their employer and face as little financial disruption as possible. "The program -- administered by the Small Business Administration, through a partnership with local banks and credit unions -- can cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations. This gives small businesses immediate access to capital. Employers' payroll, rent and mortgage interest expenses will be forgiven, helping workers remain employed and small businesses, as well as the entire economy, to quickly bounce back when this is over. For those who have questions, the SBA has an informative page online at sba.gov, and the SBA in North Dakota is ready and available to assist. "Despite these efforts, unfortunately not all layoffs are preventable. For those who face unemployment or lowered income, the CARES Act provides federal assistance to bolster the unemployment insurance program run by Job Service ND. The temporary expansion of the program allows people who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others to receive assistance. "The CARES Act also provides additional benefits to each recipient of unemployment insurance for up to four months and an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits after state benefits are no longer available. The CARES Act also authorized an additional $600 weekly federal unemployment payment through July. These benefits will help people to cover expenses during this unexpected lapse in employment. For those needing guidance, Job Service ND is ready and willing to assist. "Lastly, the CARES Act authorized immediate, direct help for American families. Soon, the Treasury Department will be sending out a one-time payment of $1,200 for individuals whose income was $75,000 or under. Couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $2,400. Single parents who make less than $112,500 are also eligible. Qualifying North Dakotans will also get an additional $500 for each of their children. The credit begins to phase out as your income increases, but any individual earning less than $99,000 or a couple making less than $198,000 will receive a payment. The payment is not taxable, and people with no income or whose only income is Social Security payments are also eligible. "This is just the topline of what the CARES Act contains, with increased benefits for veterans, agriculture and many others. As you apply to receive these benefits, do not hesitate to reach out to us and the relevant state and federal agencies. We stand ready to help you, the people of North Dakota, receive the assistance you need during this trying time."