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Bud Cramer currently served the 5th Congressional district of Alabama from 1991-2008

Robert E. "Bud" Cramer Jr., a Democrat, represented the 5th District of Alabama in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1991-2008. The district includes the northernmost part of Alabama, centering on Huntsville. (map)

In 2009, Cramer joined the lobbying and consulting firm Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates. "Under House ethics rules, Cramer can't personally lobby his former Capitol Hill colleagues for one year, but he can provide behind-the-scenes guidance and strategic advice," reported the Associated Press. Wexler can also use the $1.5 million reported in his election account, after he left Congress, "for donations to the former colleagues he will now be lobbying." Wexler and Walker's clients include Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Comcast, Nuclear Energy Institute, General Motors and Wyeth. [1]

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Bud Cramer voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Cramer voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Bio

Cramer was born August 22, 1947 in Huntsville, Alabama. He was educated at the University of Alabama, served in the United States Army and was a lawyer and district attorney before entering the House.

Cramer is a long-time member of the Blue Dog Democrats, a coalition of conservative and moderate House Democrats.[1] He often breaks with his party on issues from abortion, gay rights, and gun control to issues such as taxes, regulation of business, and the environment.[2] Cramer was one of only four Democrats in the House to vote for the tax cut bill of 2003. Because of his largely conservative positions, he has been encouraged by fellow Alabama politician Sen. Richard Shelby to make the same switch that he did and register as a Republican. The issue is a long-running joke between the two. [3] Cramer has resisted these efforts thus far, and has won reelection easily in his increasingly conservative district despite his party affiliation.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Cramer’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4]

2008 elections

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This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Alabama superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.


Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Bud Cramer, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Retirement

On March 13, 2008, Cramer announced that he would not seek re-election in November. Cramer served nine terms in the House, but had been contemplating retirement for the last 3 years. In a statement released by his office, he cited a desire to "spend more time with my family and begin another chapter in my life."[3]


Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00003042&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Bud Cramer
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Bud Cramer. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2368 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0105
Phone: 202-225-4801
Fax: 202-225-4392
Email: budmail AT mail.house.gov
Web Email
Website

District Office- Decatur - Mailing:
Post Office Box 668
Decatur, AL 35602
Phone: 256-355-9400
Fax: 256-355-9406

District Office - Decatur - Walk in:
Morgan County Courthouse
302 Lee Street
Fifth Floor, Room 86
Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: 256-355-9400
Fax: 256-355-9406

District Office - Huntsville:
626 Clinton Avenue, West
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-551-0190
Fax: 256-551-0194

District Office - Muscle Shoals:
The Bevill Center for Environmental Technology
1011 George Wallace Boulevard
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: 256-381-3450
Fax: 256-381-7659

Articles and resources

Source

  1. Ben Evans, "Former Ala. congressman Cramer joins lobbying firm," Associated Press, January 26, 2009.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. Associated Press "Cramer won’t seek re-election in November", “Tuscaloosa News”, March 14, 2008, Accessed March 17, 2008

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
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Caucuses:
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Defense, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel/Subcommittee on Transportation Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence/Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 6, 1990
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1991
Next Election:
Term Ends:
January 3, 2009
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
District Attorney, Madison County, Alabama,
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1. (Mailing)Post Office Box 668, Decatur, AL 35602
Phone: 256-355-9400 / Fax: 256-355-9406
2. (Walk in)Morgan County Courthouse, 302 Lee Street, Fifth Floor, Room 86, Decatur, AL 35601
Phone: 256-355-9400 / Fax: 256-355-9406
3. 626 Clinton Avenue, West, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-551-0190 / Fax: 256-551-0194
4. The Bevill Center for Environmental Technology, 1011 George Wallace Boulevard, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: 256-381-3450 / Fax: 256-381-7659



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Date of Birth: August 22, 1947