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Sen. Kevin Cramer

Senator for North Dakota

pronounced KEV-in // 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.

He was previously the representative for North Dakota’s at-large district as a Republican from 2013 to 2018.

Photo of Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cramer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Dec 5, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Kevin Cramer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 5 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cramer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Health (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Energy (9%) International Affairs (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cramer voted Aye

Failed 121/301 on Jun 27, 2018.

H.R. 6136 enhances enforcement of existing immigration law, closes immigration enforcement loopholes, ends the catch and release policy, provides $25 billion in funding to secure ...

Cramer voted Yea

Passed 266/167 on Oct 28, 2015.

This vote turned this bill into the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, by replacing the text of the bill in whole. H.R. 1314 was previously ...

Cramer voted Yea

Passed 277/151 on Sep 30, 2015.

This was a vote to agree to the provisions to keep the government funded through December 11, 2015 that the Senate had added in a ...

Cramer voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Cramer voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Cramer voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Cramer voted Aye

Cramer voted No

Passed 325/91 on Dec 5, 2013.

Cramer voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Dec 2019, Cramer missed 4 of 386 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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 and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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