John HoevenJohn Hoeven

Current Position: US Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Governor of North Dakota from 2000 – 2010; President of the Bank of North Dakota from 1993 – 2000

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Hoeven Reveals how he Would Handle Situation in Afghanistan
WZFG, Kyle Cornell September 25, 2021 (Short)

(Fargo, ND) — If you’re wondering how some of North Dakota’s leaders would handle the situation in Afghanistan, one is speaking out on the issue.

Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator John Cornyn in pressing President Biden to outline the administration’s plans following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

In the letter, Hoeven and his colleagues press the president for answers on several unanswered, urgent issues, including the administration’s plans to:

  • Evacuate Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and other vulnerable Afghans;
  • Ensure that Al Qaida does not resurge and regain a foothold in Afghanistan;
  • Disable any air forces that operate under orders from the Taliban;
  • Counter China’s growing relationship with the Taliban;
  • Ensure that the Taliban does not destabilize neighboring Pakistan, and;
  • Ensure that Afghanistan, under Taliban occupation, will never acquire a nuclear weapon.

“The consequences of withdrawal from Afghanistan are not isolated to that country, or even to the Middle East region. The withdrawal carried geopolitical and strategic consequences that have already begun to unfold and will reverberate for decades. Dealing with these consequences means that we must take action now to chart the course for American strategy, while we manage the immediate repercussions of this self-inflicted crisis in Afghanistan. We do not have the luxury of time to sit by watching in resignation as the aftershocks of this crises shake the world,” the senators wrote.

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Current Position: US Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Governor of North Dakota from 2000 – 2010; President of the Bank of North Dakota from 1993 – 2000

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Thank you to SDA & @SpaceX for inviting me out to @SLDelta45 for the launch of @SpaceX’s Transporter-2. The satellites are a key part of ensuring that the U.S. wins today’s race in space and an important aspect of our efforts to develop operations in #NorthDakota.

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Hoeven Reveals how he Would Handle Situation in Afghanistan
WZFG, Kyle Cornell September 25, 2021 (Short)

(Fargo, ND) — If you’re wondering how some of North Dakota’s leaders would handle the situation in Afghanistan, one is speaking out on the issue.

Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator John Cornyn in pressing President Biden to outline the administration’s plans following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

In the letter, Hoeven and his colleagues press the president for answers on several unanswered, urgent issues, including the administration’s plans to:

  • Evacuate Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and other vulnerable Afghans;
  • Ensure that Al Qaida does not resurge and regain a foothold in Afghanistan;
  • Disable any air forces that operate under orders from the Taliban;
  • Counter China’s growing relationship with the Taliban;
  • Ensure that the Taliban does not destabilize neighboring Pakistan, and;
  • Ensure that Afghanistan, under Taliban occupation, will never acquire a nuclear weapon.

“The consequences of withdrawal from Afghanistan are not isolated to that country, or even to the Middle East region. The withdrawal carried geopolitical and strategic consequences that have already begun to unfold and will reverberate for decades. Dealing with these consequences means that we must take action now to chart the course for American strategy, while we manage the immediate repercussions of this self-inflicted crisis in Afghanistan. We do not have the luxury of time to sit by watching in resignation as the aftershocks of this crises shake the world,” the senators wrote.

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On January 5, 2011, John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator, following ten years of service as the state’s governor.

Senator Hoeven’s priorities in the Senate include working to implement national policies similar to the ones driving North Dakota’s economic success. He is committed to creating a business climate that fosters job growth and robust economic activity. Equally important to the senator are measures to reduce the nation’s budget deficits and debt.  He believes a commonsense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people to innovate and invest will strengthen our national economy and create jobs for our country in a sustainable, ongoing way.

As a senator, Hoeven has been leading efforts to develop a comprehensive national energy plan similar to North Dakota’s EmPower North Dakota, a comprehensive plan that encourages an all-of-the-above approach to development and includes both traditional and renewable resources. Hoeven believes such an approach will lead to jobs, economic growth and true energy security for America.  The senator’s work includes serving as the leading advocate for approving the Keystone XL pipeline and advancing measures that will eliminate outdated and unnecessary regulations that are prolonging the approval process and discouraging investment and innovation.

In addition, as a member of both the Agriculture Committee and the conference committee that negotiated the 2014 final farm bill, Hoeven played a crucial role in crafting and passing a long term farm bill that provides the nation’s producers with the certainty they need to plan for the future, as well as new tools to manage risk with enhanced crop insurance. The senator continues to work to make sure the farm bill is implemented in a timely and effective way.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Hoeven served as governor of North Dakota for a decade.  Under his leadership, the state expanded and diversified its economy and gained thousands of new jobs.  North Dakota’s wages and personal income today continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years the state has led the nation in export growth.  North Dakota regularly balances its budget, has set aside more strong reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, law enforcement and infrastructure.

As governor, Hoeven also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources.  Beginning in 2002, he initiated EmPower ND, a comprehensive energy plan for the state that includes all energy resources as well as a conservation component.  Today, North Dakota stands as an energy powerhouse and one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation. Currently, North Dakota produces more than one million barrels of oil a day and ranks as the second largest oil-producing state in the country.

Senator Hoeven was born in Bismarck.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981.  He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993, and served on many civic, community, and economic development groups.  From 1993-2000, he served as president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota, which grew from $900 million to $1.6 billion under his leadership.

Hoeven and his wife Mical (Mikey) live in Bismarck.  They have two children, Marcela and Jack, and six grandsons, Crew, Jaxen, Nash, Kip, Hart, and Rhett.

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John Henry Hoeven III (/ˈhvən/ HO-ven; born March 13, 1957) is an American banker and politician serving as the senior U.S. Senator from North Dakota since 2011. A Republican, he served as the 31st governor of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate, succeeding Senator Byron Dorgan, who chose not to seek reelection. Hoeven became North Dakota’s senior senator in 2013 after Kent Conrad retired and was succeeded by Heidi Heitkamp, who was once Hoeven’s opponent for the governor’s office. Hoeven was reelected in 2016.

Before being elected governor, Hoeven was a banker who served in numerous executive roles at various banks, most notably as president of the nation’s only state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota, from 1993 to 2000.[2] He is on the board of directors at First Western Bank & Trust and has an estimated net worth of $45 million, making him one of the wealthiest U.S. Senators.[3][4][5] He is the dean of North Dakota’s congressional delegation.

Early life, education, and early career

Hoeven was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, the son of Patricia “Trish” (née Chapman) and John Henry “Jack” Hoeven, Jr. His father owned a bank in Minot, North Dakota, where he worked as the president and chairman.[6] Hoeven’s ancestry is Dutch, Swedish, and English.[7]

He studied at Dartmouth College, which his father also attended. Hoeven belonged to the Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity and graduated with honors. After graduating with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, he managed the trust department at First Western Bank & Trust, an institution his father helped found.[8] From 1993 to 2000, he was the president and CEO of the Bank of North Dakota.

Governor of North Dakota

2000

In 2000 Hoeven ran for governor of North Dakota as a Republican and won, defeating Democratic NPL nominee Heidi Heitkamp, 55 to 45 percent.

2004

In 2004, when up for reelection, Hoeven faced Democratic-NPL nominee Joe Satrom. He was reelected with 71% of the vote.

2008

On November 13, 2008, Hoeven announced his candidacy for a third term and kicked off his campaign with stops in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot.[9] On November 4, he was reelected with 74% of the vote over Democratic-NPL nominee Tim Mathern. It was the first time in North Dakota history that a governor won three four-year terms in office, though the record for serving is still maintained by Bill Guy, who served 12 years.

Tenure

Hoeven’s governorship included the expansion and diversification of the state’s economy, which led to a 49.5% increase in the state’s real gross domestic product.[10] Beginning in 2000, he directed the development of a multi-resource energy program for the state with incentives in each energy sector, making North Dakota one of the largest energy-producing and exporting states in the country. The state gained nearly 40,000 new jobs during his tenure. Wages and personal incomes grew faster than the national average. For a few years, the state led the nation in export growth. In late 2006, the state’s reserve rose past $600 million, and now is over $700 million.[11]

As of December 2009, Hoeven was the country’s most popular governor. His approval rating stood at 87% with only 10% disapproving.[12] In January 2007, Hoeven became the nation’s most senior governor, having been inaugurated on December 15, 2000, as established by the North Dakota Constitution.

U.S. Senate

On January 11, 2010, Hoeven announced he would run in the 2010 North Dakota Senate election for the seat being vacated by Byron Dorgan.[13] Hoeven defeated Democratic-NPL nominee Tracy Potter, 76% to 22%, making him the first Republican to represent North Dakota in the Senate since 1987.[14] Since 2013, Hoeven has been the dean—the most senior member—of North Dakota’s congressional delegation. As of 2018, he was listed as one of the seven wealthiest U.S. Senators.[15]

For his tenure as the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress, Hoeven earned an “F” grade from the non-partisan Lugar Center’s Congressional Oversight Hearing Index.[16]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Hoeven was briefly a member of the Democratic-NPL Party before becoming active in the Republican Party as a district chair and volunteer.[17] He has walked a conservative line on some issues and a moderate one on others, including increasing education funding, ethics reform, compensation for teachers, as well as increased funding on infrastructure.[18]

Crime

Hoeven supports decreasing access to parole for offenders.[18] He believes that drug control policy should be a state issue, not a federal one.[19]

Economy and employment

Hoeven opposed the Employee Free Choice Act, which included a card check provision.[19]

Energy and environment

Hoeven believes that alternative fuels are a long-term solution but that increased oil drilling is required in the short term.[19] He has been a vocal advocate for the Keystone Pipeline, claiming that it has never leaked and that environmental risks have been exaggerated.[20][21] The Keystone Pipeline has in fact leaked twice, in 2010 and in 2016.[22]

In 2015, Hoeven submitted an amendment asserting that climate change is real and that humans are contributing to it but also that the Keystone Pipeline would not contribute to climate change.[23] His League of Conservation Voters score was 7% for 2018.[24]

Gun policy

Hoeven consistently votes for pro-gun legislation and has earned an “A+” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).[25] The NRA has endorsed him multiple times, including during his campaigns for governor in 2008 and senator in 2010.[26][27]

In June 2016, Hoeven voted in the Senate on four gun control proposals that were developed as a result of the Orlando nightclub shooting. He voted for Chuck Grassley‘s expansion of background checks and to provide funding to research the cause of mass shootings, and for John Cornyn‘s 72-hour wait period for purchases of guns by individuals on the terrorist watch list. He voted against Chris Murphy‘s proposal to require background checks for every gun sale, including online sales and at gun shows, and against Dianne Feinstein‘s proposal to ban anyone from the terrorist watchlist from purchasing a gun.[28] Hoeven voted against the latter bill due to its lack of “judicial oversight or due process”.[29]

Israel Anti-Boycott Act

In April 2017, Hoeven co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (s. 720), which would bar federal contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel or Israeli settlement.[30][31]

Immigration

In 2013, Hoeven voted to pass Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.[32]

LGBT rights

In 2013, Hoeven voted against banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.[33] He is against same-sex marriage.[34]

National security

On May 28, 2021, Hoeven voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[35]

Taxes

Hoeven supports investment tax credits for farm investments.[19]

Women’s issues

Hoeven identifies as pro-life, opposing abortion in all cases except for rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life. He opposes government funding for elective abortions and is a supporter of the Hyde Amendment, which permits federal funding for abortion services only under the above stated exceptions.[18] Hoeven voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2012.[18]

Electoral history

2000 North Dakota gubernatorial election[36]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Hoeven 159,255 55.03% -11.16%
Democratic-NPLHeidi Heitkamp130,14444.97%+11.16%
Write-ins130.00%
Majority29,11110.06%-22.32%
Turnout289,412
Republican holdSwing
2004 North Dakota gubernatorial election[37]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Hoeven (Incumbent) 220,803 71.26% +16.23%
Democratic-NPLJoe Satrom84,87727.39%-17.58%
LibertarianRoland Riemers4,1931.35%
Majority135,92643.87%+33.81%
Turnout309,873
Republican holdSwing
2008 North Dakota gubernatorial election[38]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Hoeven (Incumbent) 235,009 74.44% +3.19%
Democratic-NPLTim Mathern74,27923.53%-3.86%
IndependentDuWayne Hendrickson6,4042.03%
Majority160,73050.91%+7.05%
Turnout315,692
Republican holdSwing
2010 United States Senate election in North Dakota[39]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Hoeven 181,689 76.08% +44.36%
Democratic-NPLTracy Potter52,95522.17%-46.11%
LibertarianKeith Hanson3,8901.63%N/A
Majority128,73453.91%
Turnout238,534100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic-NPLSwing
2016 North Dakota Senate Republican primary results[40]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican John Hoeven(Incumbent) 103,677 99.57%
RepublicanWrite-in4450.43%
Total votes104,122 100.00%
2016 United States Senate election in North Dakota[41]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Hoeven (incumbent) 268,788 78.48% +2.40%
Democratic-NPLEliot Glassheim58,11616.97%-5.20%
LibertarianRobert Marquette10,5563.08%+1.45%
IndependentJames Germalic4,6751.36%N/A
n/aWrite-ins3660.11%N/A
Total votes342,501′ 100.0%’ N/A
Republican hold

References

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  16. ^ “Congressional Oversight Hearing Index”. Welcome to the Congressional Oversight Hearing Index. The Lugar Center.
  17. ^ Kleefeld, Eric (January 27, 2010). “Flashback: Republican Senate Candidate Hoeven Rejected GOP And Declared Himself A Democrat In 1996”. Talking Points Memo. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  18. ^ a b c d Bendery, Jennifer (April 26, 2012). “Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Overwhelmingly Passes Senate”. Huffington Post.
  19. ^ a b c d “John Hoeven on the Issues”. On The Issues. OnTheIssues.org & the SpeakOut Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  20. ^ Kupec, Rob (March 5, 2012). “Senator Hoeven working to revive Keystone Pipeline Project”. WDAY. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012.
  21. ^ Hoeven, John (February 24, 2012). “Why we need the Keystone oil pipeline”. CNN.
  22. ^ Neuhauser, Alan (April 8, 2016). “Keystone Leak Worse Than Thought”. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
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  27. ^ “NRA-PVF Endorses John Hoeven for U.S. Senate in North Dakota”. NRA-PVF. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
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Preceded by
Joseph Lamb
President of the Bank of North Dakota
1993–2000
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Eric Hardmeyer
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Current Position: US Senator since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): orth Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003 – 2012

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – North Dakota’s energy and political leaders have been trying to position the state as an energy innovation leader for years. Thursday, the industry was given an opportunity to connect with a top executive with a globally recognized institution.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., hosted Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon as part of a new speaker series. While discussing the need for investment in North Dakota coal, Solomon said it won’t be the largest banks getting involved, but carbon capture opens the door for other large investment groups.

“Our job is to finance business and to help businesses progress. We believe there’s a transition going on. There are going to be places where reputationally we draw some lines. But broadly speaking, as you’re talking about, we going to be financing and working with oil companies, gas companies, fossil fuel companies for quite some time because they’re an important part of our economic engine,” said Solomon.

He added firms will be looking at coal investments on a project-by-project basis. According to the North Dakota Transmission Authority, coal generated power decreased by 3% from 2019-2020 in the state.

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Current Position: US Senator since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): orth Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003 – 2012

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President Biden allowing Nord Stream 2 to be completed is a slap in the face for U.S. energy producers and our NATO allies who are weary of giving Putin further control over Europe’s energy supply. @KFYRTV

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Sen. Cramer Discusses Infrastructure, the January 6th Commission, and COVID-19 on Meet the Press

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – North Dakota’s energy and political leaders have been trying to position the state as an energy innovation leader for years. Thursday, the industry was given an opportunity to connect with a top executive with a globally recognized institution.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., hosted Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon as part of a new speaker series. While discussing the need for investment in North Dakota coal, Solomon said it won’t be the largest banks getting involved, but carbon capture opens the door for other large investment groups.

“Our job is to finance business and to help businesses progress. We believe there’s a transition going on. There are going to be places where reputationally we draw some lines. But broadly speaking, as you’re talking about, we going to be financing and working with oil companies, gas companies, fossil fuel companies for quite some time because they’re an important part of our economic engine,” said Solomon.

He added firms will be looking at coal investments on a project-by-project basis. According to the North Dakota Transmission Authority, coal generated power decreased by 3% from 2019-2020 in the state.

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Kevin Cramer was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2018 after serving three terms as North Dakota’s At-Large Member of the United States House of Representatives. He is the first Republican to hold this Senate seat in his lifetime. He serves on the Armed Services, Environment and Public Works, Veterans Affairs, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Budget Committees.

While a member of the House, Cramer made constituent outreach a top priority, describing interacting with the public as “the best part of public service.” According to Legistorm, the Capitol Hill government issues website, Cramer held more town halls than any other Member during several of his years in the House.
Cramer has had a distinguished career in public service. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed Cramer to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position. As a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer helped oversee the most dynamic economy in the nation. He worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest utility rates in the United States, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace. An energy policy expert, Cramer understands America’s energy security is integral to 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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, 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 his primary and secondary education. Kevin and his wife, Kris, have two adult sons, Isaac, who passed away in early 2018 and Ian; two adult daughters, Rachel and Annie; a teenage son, Abel; two granddaughters, Lyla and Willa; and three grandsons, Beau, Nico and Chet.

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Kevin John Cramer (born January 21, 1961) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator for North Dakota since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he represented North Dakota’s at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019.

Cramer chaired the North Dakota Republican Party from 1991 to 1993 and served as State Tourism Director from 1993 to 1997 and Economic Development Director from 1997 to 2000. He served on the state’s Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2012.

Early life and education

Cramer was born in Rolette, North Dakota, the first of five children of Clarice (Hjelden) and Richard Cramer.[1] He was raised in Kindred, North Dakota, in Cass County, and 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.[2]

Early career

After college, Cramer campaigned for the Republican-endorsed tax commissioner candidate Scott Hove in 1984.[3] In 1986, he campaigned for U.S. Senator Mark Andrews in his bid for reelection. Andrews lost to North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party U.S. Senator Kent Conrad. Cramer went to work for the state Republican Party.[4]

Cramer served as 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.[3]

In May 1993, Republican governor Ed Schafer appointed Cramer state tourism director. Cramer was preceded by Jim Fuglie[5] and succeeded by Bob Martinson.[6] He served in the position until he was appointed Economic Development Director in June 1997. Cramer was preceded by Chuck Stroup[7] and succeeded by Lee Peterson in December 2000 as the director.[8][9]

Following his stint as director of economic development, Cramer became director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation in 2000. He served in the position until 2003.[9]

North Dakota Public Service Commission (2003–2012)

In 2003, Governor John Hoeven appointed Cramer to the Public Service Commission.[10] He was elected to a six-year term on the Public Service Commission in 2004, defeating NPL nominee Ron Gumeringer, 65–35%.[11]

In 2010, Cramer was reelected to a second term on the Public Service Commission, defeating Democratic nominee Brad Crabtree 61–35%.[12] He served on the commission until 2012.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives (2013–2019)

Cramer’s first official portrait during the 113th Congress

Elections

1996

In 1996, House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas—a North Dakota native—persuaded Cramer to challenge Democratic U.S. Congressman Earl Pomeroy for North Dakota’s at-large congressional seat. Pomeroy defeated him, 55%–43%.[14]

1998

In 1998, Cramer challenged Pomeroy again. Pomeroy won, 56%–41%.[15]

2010

On January 14, Cramer announced that he would run for North Dakota’s seat in the United States House of Representatives for a third time in the 2010 election.[16] In early 2010, he appeared at North Dakota town hall meetings, where he opposed the Affordable Care Act.[17] Cramer attended numerous Tea Party rallies in North Dakota, speaking about energy, taxes, jobs and the U.S. Constitution.[18][better source needed] At the state Republican Party convention in March 2010, former House Majority Leader Rick Berg won the Republican congressional nomination; Berg was elected to Congress in November.[19]

2012

In 2012, Berg retired in order 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 Commissioner Brian Kalk.[20] In the Republican primary election in June 2012, Cramer received 54,405 votes (54%) to Kalk’s 45,415 (45%).[21]

In the November 2012 general election Cramer defeated Democratic-NPL State Representative Pam Gulleson, with 173,585 votes (55%) to Gulleson’s 131,870 (42%). Libertarian Party candidate Eric Olson received about 3% of the vote.[22] He was sworn in on January 3, 2013.[23]

2014

In 2014 Cramer ran for reelection and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[24] He won the general election with 55% of the vote, defeating Democratic-NPL nominee George B. Sinner, who received 38%. Libertarian candidate Jack Seaman received slightly under 6%.[25]

2016

In 2016 Cramer ran for a third term in Congress. He was unopposed in the primary and defeated Democratic-NPL nominee Chase Iron Eyes, a Native American activist, in the general election.[26][27]

Tenure and political positions

Cramer speaking at the 2013 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland.

Abortion

Cramer opposes abortion. He is a critic of Planned Parenthood and has called for cutting off public funding of the group.[28][29] In 2013 Cramer condemned the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and tied an uptick in mass shootings to the legalization of abortion and a decline in religious values.[30] 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 am afraid that some people would attack me if I speak like this. And I said, ‘No, I am not afraid they will, I am quite certain they will.’”[31][32] In the same speech, Cramer said of U.S. society: “We have normalized perversion and perverted God’s natural law.”[30]

Donald Trump

Cramer was “one of a handful of early Trump endorsers” among U.S. House Republicans.[33]

Cramer supported Trump’s 2017 executive order banning entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saying, “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.”[34] He has been described as one of Trump’s allies in Congress and pledged to be with Trump “100 percent of the time”.[35]

In February 2017, during 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 of Trump. Cramer mocked the protest, saying Pelosi 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.”[36]

In June 2020, Cramer blocked bipartisan legislation to sanction China over its actions to undermine Hong Kong’s independence—legislation he had co-sponsored—because the Trump administration requested that he do so.[37]

On May 28, 2021, Cramer voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[38]

Environment and energy

Cramer rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.[39][40] He has said that he would support a small carbon tax if the revenue went to research and development on clean fuel.[39][40][41] Reuters has described Cramer as “one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates.”[42] He supports an increase in oil and gas drilling on public lands and cutting taxes for energy producers, and opposes what he characterizes as overreach by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.[43] In May 2016 Trump asked Cramer to draft his campaign’s energy policy.[42] Cramer wrote Trump’s energy plan, which heavily promoted fossil fuels, weakened environmental regulation, and vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement and repeal U.S. regulations of carbon emissions.[44]

Food stamps

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 $40 billion from the program over ten years.[45][46]

Gun policy

Cramer said that gun control would not have prevented the Orlando nightclub shooting.[47] In 2016 he criticized proposed gun control legislation, saying, “The problem isn’t the U.S. Constitution. The problem is Islamic terrorism.”[48]

Health care

Cramer opposes the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and voted to repeal it without a replacement five times.[49][50][51] He has voted against health insurance protections for patients with preexisting conditions and against the expansion of Medicaid.[51] Cramer has said that the American Health Care Act of 2017, the Republican bill he supported to repeal and replace Obamacare, would have prevented “price discrimination” against people with preexisting conditions; The Washington Post fact-checker called this assertion false.[52]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cramer introduced legislation to ban vaccine and mask mandates.[53]

LGBT rights

Cramer opposes same-sex marriage and condemned the Supreme Court‘s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.[54][55][56][57]

Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

In 2018, Cramer called both Anita Hill‘s sexual harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas and Christine Blasey Ford‘s sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh “absurd”. He called Ford’s allegation “even more absurd” than Hill’s because the sexual assault that Ford described “never went anywhere” and because both Kavanaugh and Ford were intoxicated teenagers.[58] Cramer questioned whether Ford’s allegation would disqualify Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court even if true, but said that if Kavanaugh were found to have lied in denying the allegation, that would be disqualifying.[59]

Taxes

Cramer has voted to repeal the estate tax, which imposes a tax after the first several million dollars on a dead person’s estate.[60] He supports Trump’s 25% tax on many types of imports, which may have decreased sales for North Dakota’s soybean industry in 2018, but has said he believes the long-term benefits of a trade war are worth it.[61][62]

Violence Against Women Act

In 2013, at a forum on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Cramer engaged in “a testy exchange with Native American victim assistance leaders.”[63][64] He later issued a statement apologizing for his “tone and rhetoric” during the exchange.[63] Cramer voted to reauthorize VAWA,[65] 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.”[66] Cramer asked, “How could a non-Native man get a fair trial on a reservation?”[66] and questioned the provision’s constitutionality. He voted for an amendment to repeal it.[65]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

U.S. Senate

Cramer during the
116th Congress

Elections

2018

On January 11, 2018, after months of speculation, Cramer announced[70] that he would not seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to run against Democratic-NPL incumbent Heidi Heitkamp and would instead run for reelection to the U.S. House.[71] On February 15, he announced that he had changed his mind and would run for the Senate.[72] Odney advertising firm president Pat Finken served as Cramer’s campaign manager.[73] On April 7,[74] Cramer won the North Dakota Republican Party‘s endorsement. Three days later, his campaign announced it had raised $1.35 million in the first quarter of 2018, most of it in late February and March.[75]

In June 2018, The Washington Post reported that Cramer had contacted the White House to seek political help in his Senate campaign and was upset that Trump had not publicly criticized Heitkamp in the same way that he had criticized other Democrats.[76] Cramer later publicly criticized White House staff and argued that Trump was refraining because Heitkamp was a woman.[76] Trump scheduled a trip to North Dakota that month to campaign for Cramer, a trip that Politico reported “could go a long way toward extinguishing tensions between the White House and the Senate hopeful.”[77]

During his 2018 campaign, Cramer sought and received the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an anti-LGBT group that advocates conversion therapy and ties homosexuality to pedophilia.[57] In an eight-question survey for the group, Cramer said he would oppose “‘Transgender Bathrooms’ legislation and regulations—which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles”.[57] He also agreed with the organization that “public schools should be ‘prevented from brainwashing elementary school children with the Homosexual Agenda.’”[57] Cramer supported requiring schools to teach that there are only two genders and granting Christian businesses the right to not service same-sex weddings.[57] A spokesman for him said: “Let’s be clear. Congressman Cramer doesn’t support the teaching of history with any special emphasis on any particular group. History is history and should be taught as such. Additionally, Kevin does not think transgender people are at all comparable to pedophiles—this a gross misinterpretation of the survey question.”[57]

Cramer won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate on June 12, 2018.[78] The next month, a spokesperson for the political network organized by the Koch brothers announced that they would not financially support Cramer’s campaign because the brothers viewed him as insufficiently supportive of free trade and fiscal conservatism, and because they felt he held other views inconsistent with theirs.[79]

In the November 6 general election, Cramer defeated Heitkamp[80] with 55% of the vote to Heitkamp’s 45%.[81]

Tenure

In July 2019, Cramer said he favored lawsuits seeking to overturn Obamacare.[82] The same year, he held up the confirmation of a White House budget official in order to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release sensitive documents about border wall construction.[83] Cramer had pushed the Army Corps to use a North Dakota firm run by his 2018 campaign donor Tommy Fisher. Fisher donated $10,000 to Cramer’s campaign and was also Cramer’s guest at the 2018 State of the Union Address, where he shook Trump’s hand.[84][85] In December 2019, Fisher Industries and the Fisher Sand and Gravel subsidiary, run by a Trump donor, were awarded the $400 million contract.[86] Fisher Sand & Gravel had been previously fined $1.16 million for violating tax laws,[87] and racked up 1,300 air-quality violations and over $625,000 in fines.[88]

In October 2019, Cramer defended Trump’s decision to host the G7 conference at the Trump National Doral Miami, a resort Trump owns. Cramer said, “I don’t have any concerns about it other than just politically how it appears”, and praised Trump for the “tremendous integrity in his boldness and his transparency” in deciding to select his own property for the summit.[89] Lack of support from Trump’s Republican allies who were weary of defending him led Trump to quickly abandon his plans, as customary congressional support withered.[90][91]

In December 2019, at Trump’s request, Cramer cast the only vote against a Senate motion to recognize the Armenian genocide, passage of which required unanimous consent. Trump opposed the motion because of his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[92][93] Senator Lindsey Graham had voted against such a motion previously, but refused to do so after Trump withdrew of a contingent of U.S. troops, allowing the Turks to attack the US’s Kurdish allies who had rolled back the Islamic State in Syria‘s forces.[94]

On March 24, 2020, Cramer tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “retarded.” He later deleted the tweet and apologized, saying he had intended to write “ridiculous”.[95]

After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede and made numerous false and baseless claims of fraud, Cramer defended Trump.[96]

Committee assignments

For the 116th United States Congress, Cramer was named to five Senate committees.[97] They are:

Personal life

Cramer and his wife Kris had five children together[98] and five grandchildren as of 2018.[99] Their son Isaac died in 2018 due to complications of alcohol addiction. They had earlier adopted Isaac’s son from a previous relationship, whose mother had been killed by her abusive husband.[100]

Cramer co-chairs the Roughrider Honor Flight program. This program gives World War II veterans the chance to visit the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.[101]

Electoral history

Republican primary results, North Dakota, 2012[21]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Cramer 54,405 54.4
RepublicanBrian Kalk45,41545.5
Write-in1130.1
Total votes99,933 100.0
North Dakota’s At-large congressional district, 2012[22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Kevin Cramer 173,585 54.89% +0.15%
Democratic-NPLPam Gulleson131,87041.70%-3.23%
LibertarianEric Olson10,2613.24%N/A
Write-in5080.16%-0.17%
Total votes316,224 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Republican primary results, 2014[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Cramer 50,188 99.70
Write-in15100.30
Total votes50,339 100
North Dakota’s at-large congressional district, 2014[25]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Kevin Cramer (incumbent) 138,100 55.54% +0.67%
Democratic-NPLGeorge B. Sinner95,67838.48%-3.24%
LibertarianJack Seaman14,5315.84%+2.59%
Write-in3610.15%-0.01%
Total votes248,670 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Republican primary results, 2016[26]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Cramer (incumbent) 96,357 99.1
Write-in9190.9
Total votes97,276 100.0
North Dakota’s at-large congressional district, 2016 [102]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Kevin Cramer (incumbent) 233,980 69.13% +13.59%
Democratic-NPLChase Iron Eyes80,37723.75%-14.73%
LibertarianJack Seaman23,5286.95%+1.11%
Write-in5740.17%+0.02%
Total votes338,459 100.0% N/A
Republican hold
Republican primary results, North Dakota 2018[103]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Kevin Cramer 61,529 87.8%
RepublicanThomas O’Neill8,50912.2%
Write-in950.14%
Total votes70,133 100%
United States Senate election in North Dakota, 2018[104]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Kevin Cramer 179,720 55.11% +5.79%
Democratic-NPLHeidi Heitkamp (incumbent)144,37644.27%-5.97%
Write-in2,0420.63%N/A
Total votes326,138 100% N/A
Republican gain from Democratic-NPL

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Layton Freborg
Chair of the North Dakota Republican Party
1991–1993
Succeeded by
John Korsmo
Preceded by
Rick Berg
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from North Dakota
(Class 1)

2018
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Fuglie
Tourism Director of North Dakota
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Bob Martinson
Preceded by
Chuck Stroup
Economic Development Director of North Dakota
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Lee Peterson
Preceded by
Leo Reinbold
Member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission
2003–2012
Succeeded by
Julie Fedorchak
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rick Berg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Dakota’s at-large congressional district

2013–2019
Succeeded by
Kelly Armstrong
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Heidi Heitkamp
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from North Dakota
2019–present
Served alongside: John Hoeven
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kyrsten Sinema
United States senators by seniority
85th
Succeeded by
Jacky Rosen


Issues

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Committees

SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation’s military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. The Armed Services Committee was created as a result of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 following U.S. victory in the Second World War. It merged the responsibilities of the Committee on Naval Affairs (established in 1816) and the Committee on Military Affairs (also established in 1816). Senator Cramer is the first ever North Dakotan to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure.

SENATE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Veterans’ Affairs committee was created in 1970 to transfer responsibilities for veterans from the Finance and Labor committees to a single panel. From 1947 to 1970, matters relating to veterans compensation and veterans generally were referred to the Committee on Finance, while matters relating to the vocational rehabilitation, education, medical care, civil relief, and civilian readjustment of veterans were referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Congressional legislation affecting veterans changed over the years.

SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE

The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (formerly the Committee on Banking and Currency) has jurisdiction over matters related to banks and banking, price controls, deposit insurance, export promotion and controls, federal monetary policy, financial aid to commerce and industry, issuance of redemption of notes, currency and coinage, public and private housing, urban development and mass transit, and government contracts.

SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE

The Budget Committee is one of the Senate’s newer committees, created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. While the Committee has seen its duties and functions change over the years due to the enactment of new laws and changes to Senate budget responsibilities, the Committee remains responsible for drafting budget plans for Congress and for monitoring and enforcing rules surrounding spending, revenue, and the federal budget.

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