Sen. Kevin Cramer
Senator for North Dakota
pronounced KEH-vin // KRAY-mer
Cramer is the junior senator from North Dakota and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Cramer is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 62 years old.
He was previously the representative for North Dakota’s at-large district as a Republican from 2013 to 2018.
Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided by themselves rather than by voters. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.
Cramer was among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election. Cramer offered to raise funds for the Trump Campaign’s efforts to contest the election results.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Cramer.
Cramer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cramer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 21, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Kevin Cramer sits on the following committees:
Cramer was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 3323 (117th): Veterans Justice Outreach Improvement Act of 2021
- S. 2433 (117th): Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2021
- H.R. 6038 (115th): To establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.
- H.R. 6039 (115th): To establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2154 (115th): To rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center.
- H.R. 1168 (114th): Native American Children’s Safety Act
- H.R. 767 (113th): To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project.
Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Cramer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (22%) Water Resources Development (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (15%) Taxation (12%) International Affairs (10%) Law (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Health (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Cramer recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 1501: Bank Service Company Examination Coordination Act of 2023
- S. 1358: LAKES Act
- S. 1212: Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2023
- S. 461: A bill to make certain irrigation districts eligible for Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program …
- S. 293: Fair Access to Banking Act
- S.Res. 821 (117th): A resolution condemning the arrest of Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong, and …
- S. 4695 (117th): Western Water Cooperative Committee Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2019 to Sep 2023, Cramer missed 154 of 1,902 roll call votes, which is 8.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Mar (House)||89||1||1.1%||40th|
|2013 Apr-Jun (House)||215||11||5.1%||82nd|
|2013 Jul-Sep (House)||200||6||3.0%||75th|
|2013 Oct-Dec (House)||137||8||5.8%||82nd|
|2014 Jan-Mar (House)||148||9||6.1%||83rd|
|2014 Apr-Jun (House)||219||25||11.4%||93rd|
|2014 Jul-Sep (House)||147||1||0.7%||30th|
|2014 Nov-Dec (House)||49||0||0.0%||0th|
|2015 Jan-Mar (House)||144||5||3.5%||66th|
|2015 Apr-Jun (House)||244||4||1.6%||59th|
|2015 Jul-Sep (House)||139||5||3.6%||77th|
|2015 Oct-Dec (House)||177||4||2.3%||70th|
|2016 Jan-Mar (House)||137||5||3.6%||57th|
|2016 Apr-Jun (House)||204||11||5.4%||78th|
|2016 Jul-Sep (House)||232||5||2.2%||69th|
|2016 Nov-Dec (House)||48||0||0.0%||0th|
|2017 Jan-Mar (House)||208||2||1.0%||39th|
|2017 Apr-Jun (House)||136||2||1.5%||49th|
|2017 Jul-Sep (House)||199||6||3.0%||82nd|
|2017 Oct-Dec (House)||167||2||1.2%||43rd|
|2018 Jan-Mar (House)||129||31||24.0%||98th|
|2018 Apr-Jun (House)||184||7||3.8%||67th|
|2018 Jul-Sep (House)||102||6||5.9%||86th|
|2018 Nov-Dec (House)||85||35||41.2%||95th|
|2019 Jan-Mar (Senate)||54||3||5.6%||80th|
|2019 Apr-Jun (Senate)||135||1||0.7%||49th|
|2019 Jul-Sep (Senate)||124||0||0.0%||0th|
|2019 Oct-Dec (Senate)||115||0||0.0%||0th|
|2020 Jan-Mar (Senate)||80||4||5.0%||80th|
|2020 May-Jun (Senate)||48||8||16.7%||85th|
|2020 Jul-Sep (Senate)||71||3||4.2%||74th|
|2020 Oct-Dec (Senate)||90||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress (Senate)||2||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Mar (Senate)||142||3||2.1%||88th|
|2021 Apr-Jun (Senate)||110||18||16.4%||98th|
|2021 Jul-Sep (Senate)||150||2||1.3%||69th|
|2021 Oct-Dec (Senate)||126||35||27.8%||96th|
|2022 Jan-Mar (Senate)||125||10||8.0%||85th|
|2022 Apr-Jun (Senate)||117||22||18.8%||97th|
|2022 Jul-Sep (Senate)||110||13||11.8%||91st|
|2022 Nov-Dec (Senate)||69||19||27.5%||95th|
|2023 Feb-Mar (Senate)||77||7||9.1%||85th|
|2023 Apr-Jun (Senate)||90||3||3.3%||71st|
|2023 Jul-Sep (Senate)||67||3||4.5%||70th|
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