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3rd District: Jim Ramstad

There may not be another congressional seat in the state of Minnesota that has been so consistently "safe" as that of Rep. Jim Ramstad. First elected to the House in 1990, Ramstad has been one of the top vote-getters in the state and has easily turned aside token opposition from his own party in primaries.

What opposition there has been to Ramstad, has often come from his own Republican Party. He is a pro-choice Republican in a party dominated by anti-abortion delegates. The influential redstate.org has referred to him as a "bedwetter" because of views considered too moderate. Of particular note was Ramstad's vote against $1.4 billion in spending curbs in health, education, and labor programs (the Deficit Reduction Act -- H.R. 4241) in late 2005. But Ramstad's position was "we should cut the pork, not the poor," he told the Washington Times.

Ramstad is a recovering alcoholic and has been since 1981. He has counseled colleagues in Washington with drinking problems and organized a caucus to educate lawmakers on addiction and treatment issues.

Ramstad supports stem cell research and has discussed his mother's struggle with the disease. He called on President Bush to support stem cell research.

In 2005 Ramstad was named chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee, and planned to focus on tax rights and simplification of the tax code.

Candidate Bio

Rep. Jim Ramstad
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
May 6, 1946
Jamestown, N.D.
Married to Kathryn. Resides in Wayzata.
Congressman from the 3rd District.
B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968 (Phi Beta Kappa); J.D. from George Washington University in 1973.
Major political experience:
First elected to Congress in 1990. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Trade and Health Subcommittees.

Campaign contribution profile

Total receipts
Total disbursements
Cash on hand
Source: Federal Elections Commission
October 2006

Resources and Links

House Web site:
Document www.house.gov/ramstad
Campaign Web site:
Document www.ramstad.org

Candidate Pages

Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Jim Ramstad joins Gary Eichten on Midday to discuss his decision to retire from Congress. (Midday, 09/27/2007)
U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., debates his DFL challenger, Wendy Wilde, as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 11/01/2006)
The Iraq war has lost lots of support among Americans. What do the members of the Minnesota delegation think we should do now? (04/05/2006)
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