On December 21, Congressman Kevin Cramer joined over 20 members of the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network for coffee and open discussion at the Peacock Alley.
Cramer, who is originally from Kindred, ND talked about learning the importance of the value of hard work when he worked for a rural electric cooperative during the summers when he was in college. Cramer has been involved in North Dakota politics since the 1980’s and has held many positions over the years including Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party, State Tourism Director and Economic Development Director. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the 1990’s and was later appointed Public Service Commissioner by Governor Hoeven and was later elected to that position. Cramer has served as North Dakota’s Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2013. He currently serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee.
Connecting with his constituents has always been a big priority for Cramer as he has held several town hall forums and coffee events across the state. While he is in DC, he meets with as many groups and organizations as possible while Congress is in session. Congressman Cramer remains optimistic that the gridlock in Washington will be broken and progress will be made in 2017. He mentioned that there are always plenty of opportunities for young people to get more involved in politics in ND. One of the things he has learned over the course of his long political career is that “momentum is everything because it is contagious in politics.”
The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network would like to thank Congressman Cramer for joining us for this event and sharing his knowledge of ND politics with our group!