Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Cramer Statement on Canadian Pacific Grain Car Ordering System

2014/08/28

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement on reports surrounding the new Canadian Pacific Railway ordering system for grain cars: “It was brought to my attention earlier this week North Dakota grain elevators are being asked by Canadian Pacific to cancel existing grain car requests in order to participate in a new shuttle program. I will not tolerate bullying tactics of any kind, especially given the pressures already placed on our agriculture industry. I have brought these reports to the Surface Transportation Board, and this serious matter will be a specific part of my inquiry during next week’s hearing in Fargo.” Read More

Cramer Releases EPA's Secret Map of North Dakota, Calls for Transparency

2014/08/27

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Congressman Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2014/08/22

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for the week of August 25. The list of events is below: Monday, August 25 Farm Bill Implementation Roundtable 10:30AM Central Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence – Room 335 Bismarck Thursday, August 28 Remarks at Opening of Graduate School at Trinity Bible College 7:00PM Central Trinity Bible College 50 6th Ave S Ellendale Read More

Cramer Announces Coffee Discussion in Hillsboro

2014/08/22

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced he will host a Coffee with Cramer event in Hillsboro on Friday, September 5. Along with taking questions on any issue from attendees, Cramer will discuss legislative activity in Washington and its implications for North Dakota. The public is encouraged to attend. “These events allow me to stay in touch with North Dakotans, meeting them face to face to discuss any topic on their mind. People are engaged in their government, as evidenced by the response to each discussion," said Cramer. Congressman Cramer also hosts a weekly hour-long radio town hall which can be heard statewide Wednesday mornings at 10:00am central on five North Dakota stations: KFYR 550 AM (99.7 FM) in Bismarck, AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo, KLTC 1460 AM in Dickinson, KCJB 910 AM in Minot, and KTGO 1090 AM in Tioga. In addition, he is a guest each Thursday morning on KNOX 1310 AM in Grand Forks at 10:00am central and on KHND 1470 AM in Harvey at 10:40am central. The details of the event are below: Friday, September 5 Coffee with Cramer in Hillsboro 9:30 to 10:30AM Central Our Town Bakery 3 North Main Street Hillsboro Read More

Cramer Delivers Keynote Address to Minot Job Corps Graduates

2014/08/22

MINOT, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer delivered the keynote address to graduates of the Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center in Minot. “Because of their perseverance through unique and difficult challenges, the future holds endless possibilities for these graduates,” said Cramer. “Their new talents are greatly needed by the growing North Dakota economy, and I have no doubt employers are already lining up to put them to work.” Job Corps is a career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, designed to teach young people the skills necessary to succeed in the job market. On Monday, Cramer attended a ribbon cutting at the Minot Center for the 50th Anniversary of the national Job Corps and the 20th Anniversary of Burdick Job Corps. Congressman Cramer supported the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law on July 22 after first passing the U.S. House of Representatives as the SKILLS Act in March 2013. The legislation strengthens the Job Corps program by instituting performance accountability indicators and a third party review every five years. It also consolidates federally funded workforce development programs and eliminates 15 duplicative and ineffective ones, promotes skills training for in-demand jobs, makes it easier for workers to access job training by eliminating unnecessary steps, and reduces paperwork for community and technical colleges accessing job training providers. Read More

Cramer Announces Coffee Discussion in Lisbon

2014/08/20

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced he will host a Coffee with Cramer event in Lisbon on September 2. Along with taking questions on any issue from attendees, Cramer will discuss current legislative activity in Washington and its implications for North Dakota. The public is encouraged to attend. “These events allow me to stay in touch with North Dakotans, meeting them face to face to discuss any topic on their mind. People are engaged in their government, as evidenced by the response to each discussion," said Cramer. Congressman Cramer also hosts a weekly hour-long radio town hall which can be heard statewide Wednesday mornings at 10:00am central on five North Dakota stations: KFYR 550 AM (99.7 FM) in Bismarck, AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo, KLTC 1460 AM in Dickinson, KCJB 910 AM in Minot, and KTGO 1090 AM in Tioga. In addition, he is a guest each Thursday morning on KNOX 1310 AM in Grand Forks at 10:00am central and on KHND 1470 AM in Harvey at 10:40am central. The details of the event are below: Tuesday, September 2 Coffee with Cramer in Lisbon 3:00 to 4:00PM Central Hodenattes on Main 414 Main Street Lisbon Read More

Cramer Statement on Approval of FEMA Disaster Declaration

2014/08/19

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved North Dakota’s request for a federal disaster declaration for Benson, Bottineau, Divide, Eddy, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward counties, as well as Standing Rock Reservation: “The severe flooding North Dakota experienced this summer requires extensive recovery efforts for property owners and local governments. This disaster declaration will add federal support to the local repairs already underway.” Read More

Rail Companies Issue New Status Reports on Grain Car Backlog

2014/08/18

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly status reports on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 1,262 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 19.6 days late as of August 15, compared to the report last week which indicated 1,656 past due cars were averaging 22.1 days late. The CP report shows a total of 21,518 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 12.7 weeks. The previous report showed 22,158 open requests with an average age of 12.23 weeks. “The progress from BNSF is encouraging, but more still needs to be done. All signs point to a strong harvest this fall, and it is critical agriculture producers have a dependable rail system to get their products to market,” said Cramer. In June the two companies were ordered by the STB to report their plans for resolving the backlog of grain car orders, and begin issuing weekly status reports until the problem is resolved. The BNSF report can be viewed here, and the CP report can be viewed here. Read More

Congressman Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2014/08/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2014 Contact: Communications Director, Matt Becker, (202) 225-2611 BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for the week of August 18. The list of events is below: Monday, August 18 Minot Job Corps 50th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting 10:00AM Central Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center 1500 University Avenue West Minot Devils Lake VA Clinic Ribbon Cutting 1:00PM Central 1031 7th St NE Devils Lake Minnkota Power Dedication Ceremony 3:30PM Central Prairie substation (southwest of Grand Forks) Directions at this link Grand Forks Tuesday, August 19 Minot Kiwanis Meeting 12:00PM Central Grand Hotel 1505 North Broadway Minot Wednesday, August 20 Coffee with Cramer in Watford City (broadcast live on KFYR 550AM, 1100 The Flag, KLTC 1460 AM, KCJB 910 AM, KTGO 1090 AM) 9:30AM to 11:00AM Central New Cenex station 501 6th Avenue SE Watford City Friday, August 22 Flag Presentation to Jody Bruce, a Verendrye lineman who volunteered in Haiti 8:00AM Central Verendrye Electric Cooperative 1225 U.S. 2 Frontage Road Minot Military Appreciation Day in Minot 11:30AM Central Roosevelt Zoo 1219 E Burdick Expressway Minot Keynote Address at Minot Job Corps Graduation 1:30PM Central Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center 1500 University Avenue West Minot Read More

Cramer: Grain Inspections Have Resumed at Port of Vancouver

2014/08/12

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced official grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver have resumed after a tentative agreement was reached in a two-year labor dispute. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had suspended inspections entirely on July 1 after months of grain delays. “This temporary agreement is good news, however I will continue monitoring the situation closely,” said Cramer. “It is crucial for the USDA and others to recognize we cannot allow local labor disputes to prevent the international trade of grain, threaten the livelihoods of agriculture producers, and weaken our relationships with trade partners. I certainly hope labor unions will not be allowed to create these kinds of disruptions to free trade in the future.” Last November, and again on July 31, Cramer urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action on the delayed inspections at the western port due to the labor strikes requiring police escorts for inspectors reporting to work. The letter Cramer sent to Vilsack with nine other Members of Congress on July 31 can be viewed here. Last November, Cramer wrote his own letter to Vilsack outlining his concerns on the issue. In addition, the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and North Dakota Grain Growers Association signed a separate letter along with other commodity groups last week. Read More

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Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. He serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings appointed Kevin Cramer to three sub-committees including Energy and Mineral Resources, Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith appointed Mr. Cramer to the Energy Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over such science as hydraulic fracturing and clean coal technologies, and as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, which has general and special investigative authority on all matters within the jurisdiction of the full-committee. Congressman Cramer also serves along with Rep. Bill Owens (NY-21) as Co-Chairman of the Northern Border Caucus, fostering continued growth in the U.S.-Canada relationship.

Cramer has a distinguished career in public service. In 1991, Kevin was elected Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, making him the youngest member of the Republican National Committee. From 1993 to 2000, he served in Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet, first as State Tourism Director from1993 to1997, then as State Economic Development & Finance Director from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Kevin was Executive Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation, which connects emerging leaders from the University of Mary with community business leaders. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed Kevin to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position, gaining over 65% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010 with 61.5% of the vote in a three-person contest.

As North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer helped to develop and oversee the most dynamic economy in our nation. He worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace. An energy policy expert, Cramer understands our country’s energy security is integral to our national and economic security.

A strong advocate for the free market system, Cramer has a proven record of cutting and balancing budgets, encouraging the private sector through limited, common sense regulations and limited government.

Cramer has a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Leadership, honoris causa, by the University of Mary on May 4, 2013. He is a native of Kindred, North Dakota where he received all of his primary and secondary education. Kevin and his wife, Kris, have two adult sons, Ian and Isaac, two adult daughters, Rachel and Annie, a seven-year-old son, Abel, and a new granddaughter, Lyla.


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