Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer


Cramer Asks USDA "Where's the Beef?"


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer joined 70 of his House colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are based on sound nutritional science and comply to the DGA charter passed by Congress.  One of the highlights of the proposed recommendations is the classification of lean red meat as not part of a healthy diet.

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Cramer Applauds Canadian Government’s Decision to Not Renew Minimum Grain Rail Shipments


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following statement after the Canadian Government’s decision to not renew minimum weekly grain volume requirements for railroad companies while announcing BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly grain backlog status updates as required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota is below.

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House Committee Unanimously Approves Cramer's Native American Children’s Safety Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs unanimously passed H.R. 1168, the Native American Children’s Safety Act.  Under the legislation, a background check must be conducted on all adults living in a potential foster home before a tribal court can place any child there.

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Cramer Questions USDA Ruling For Fargo High Schools


Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned the USDA's decision to force student-run restaurants at Fargo Davies and Fargo South High Schools to follow USDA nutritional guidelines.  

"This is what is wrong with Washington, D.C.  Instead of supporting and working with students running these restaurants they plan to penalize them with needless regulations. Students are getting real world experience in running a business and preparing meals for customers. I urge the USDA to reconsider their decision," said Cramer. 

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Congressman Cramer Announces Public Schedule


BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule of events:

Monday, March 30

Meeting with US Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell

9:00 – 10:30AM – Mountain Time

Strom Center

1679 6th Avenue West


Coffee with Cramer

4:30 – 5:30PM Central

Meg-a-Latte Coffee House at New Hope Location

721 26th St West



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Cramer Statement on Passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by a vote of 392 - 37.  The Act repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula caps on aggregate spending on services for seniors. Exceeding the outdated cap resulted in mandatory cuts to physician payments in subsequent years.

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Cramer Statement on Passage of 2016 Budget Resolution


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 27 the 2016 Budget Resolution.

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Noem, Cramer, Zinke Offer Bill to Preserve Access to Rural Health Care


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Ryan Zinke (R-MT) today introduced legislation to better preserve health care services in rural communities.  The Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services (PARTS) Act would ensure patients in rural America have access to a full range of outpatient therapeutic services in their own community’s hospital.

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Cramer - VA Works to Expand Choice Program Eligibility


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.  This expanded eligibility comes from a change in the calculation the department uses to determine the distance from a veteran’s home and the closest VA medical facility from the current straight line distance to the driving distance between the two locations.

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Cramer Comments on New Federal Fracking Regulations


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments after the United States Department of Interior released its final rule for hydraulic fracturing activities on public and tribal lands.

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2611
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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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