Kevin Cramer

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Kevin Cramer
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U.S. House, North Dakota
In office
January 3, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorRick Berg (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,325,479
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Bachelor'sConcordia College
Master'sUniversity of Mary
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1961
Place of birthKindred, ND
Net worth$0
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Cramer (b. January 21, 1961, in Kindred, North Dakota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cramer represents the at-large congressional district of North Dakota. He is currently serving his first term, having first won election in 2012. He edged out his then-fellow Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk in a contentious Republican primary on June 12, 2012, and went on to defeat Democrat Pam Gulleson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2] Cramer assumed office on January 3, 2013.

Cramer is set to run for re-election to the United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2014|U.S. Houuse in 2014. Barring any unforeseeable circumstances, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Prior to becoming a public official, Cramer was an active member of the GOP in North Dakota. He held a number of leadership roles, including both Chairman and Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party.

Cramer served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003-2013. Following his election to the U.S. House in 2012, Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed Julie Fedorchak to replace him on the commission, effective January 2, 2013.[3]

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.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cramer's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2013-Present: U.S. House, North Dakota
  • 2003-2013: North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 2003: Attended University of Mary, earned a M.S.
  • 2001-2003: Director, Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation
  • 1993-1997: Director, North Dakota tourism
  • 1990-1993: North Dakota Republican Party
  • 1979-1983: Attended Concordia College, earned a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cramer serves on the following committees:[5]



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2014

Cramer is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2012

Cramer defeated Democrat Pam Gulleson.[6]Cramer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Dakota At-large district.[7] He defeated Brian Kalk in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. The general election was November 6, 2012.[8]

According to the Washington Post, North Dakota was a battleground district in 2012, with incumbent Rick Berg running for Senate and Republicans battling it out in the primary. Democrat Pam Gulleson vastly out-raised the Republican candidates, and was considered to have had a "fighting chance" in a conservative state.[9][10]

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


North Dakota at-large Congressional district general election candidates, 2012
Poll Pam Gulleson Kevin CramerEric OlsenUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Valley News (October 3-5, 2012)
Pharos Research Group
(October 26-28, 2012)
NBC North Dakota News/ Mason-Dixon
(October 26-28, 2012)
AVERAGES 39.17% 51.27% 0.67% 5.57% +/-3.87 667.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Cramer won re-election in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democrat Brad Crabtree and Libertarian Joshua Voytek.[11]

North Dakota Public Service Commission (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Cramer (R) 142,644 61.45%
Brad Crabtree (D) 81,011 34.90%
Joshua Voytek (L) 8,315 3.58%
Write-In 144 0.06%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cramer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cramer raised a total of $1,325,479 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[12]

Kevin Cramer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (North Dakota District At-Large) Won $1,325,479
Grand Total Raised $1,325,479


Breakdown of the source of Cramer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cramer won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cramer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,325,479 and spent $1,291,733.[13]


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Kevin Cramer's donors each year.[14] Click [show] for more information.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cramer missed 1 of 92 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 1.1% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Heller's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[16]

Voting with party


Kevin Cramer voted with the Republican Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 128th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Berg
U.S. House of Representatives - North Dakota District at-large
Succeeded by
Preceded by
North Dakota Public Service Commissioner
August 2003–2013
Succeeded by
Julie Fedorchak