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Rep. James “Jim” Ramstad

Former Representative for Minnesota’s 3rd District

Ramstad was the representative for Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1991 to 2008.

Photo of Rep. James “Jim” Ramstad [R-MN3, 1991-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ramstad is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ramstad sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Ramstad was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ramstad sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (15%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Law (14%) Taxation (13%) Health (12%) Social Welfare (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Families (10%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ramstad’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ramstad’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.Res. 1525 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 1424) to amend section 712 of ...
Oct 3, 2008. Passed 223/205.
Yea H.R. 6515 (110th): Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008
Jul 17, 2008. Failed 244/173.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Ramstad missed 108 of 11,102 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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