Jim Ramstad

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Jim Ramstad served the Third Congressional district of Minnesota from 1991-2008

James M. Ramstad was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented the 3rd District of Minnesota from 1991-2008. (map)

Record and controversies

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National security and foreign policy

Iraq War

Ramstad voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

In early May 2007, Rep. Ramstad attended a meeting, organized by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), between several moderate Republicans in the House and President Bush to express their concerns over the War in Iraq. The group warned the President that his pursuit of the war in Iraq was risking the future of the Republican Party, and that he could not count on Republican support for much longer. Despite their concerns, each of the members promised to oppose the short-term funding measure for the War that was being considered in the House.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R.2206)
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Energy and environment policy

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

Rights, liberties and courts

Ramstad supports legal abortion if a pregnancy occured from rape or incest, or if it endangers the life of a woman.[1] He is in favor of the death penalty for federal crimes.[2] He supports the tighter security of drugs over the boarder and drug treatments and education.[3] Ramstad supports the ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun owners.[4]

Economic policy

Ramstad supported making President Bush's tax cuts permanent.[5]

Gay rights/marriage

Ramstad supported a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. [6]

Health policy

Ramstad supports stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.[7] He also supports automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.[8]

Education policy

Ramstad supports federal tax incentives to help families save for college.[9]

Social policy

Ramstad supports increased funding for child care programs and housing assistance for welfare recipients.[10] He also supports helping the poor and increasing welfare program funds. [11]

Labor, immigration and retirement policy

He supports an increase in job-training, workers going on strike without having fear of losing their jobs, and an increase in the minimum wage.[12] He also supports decreasing the number of immigrants let into the United States.[13]

Misc. interest group ratings

In 2003-2004, Ramstad supported the interests of Bread for the World 50% of the time. In 2004, he supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 53%. In 2005, he supported the National Education Association 100%. In 2006, he supported Planned Parenthood 64%. [14]



Ramstad was born May 6, 1946 in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was educated at the University of Minnesota and the George Washington University Law School.

He was a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1981-1990 before entering the House.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Wendy Wilde to face Jim Ramstad in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [15] Ramstad retained his seat.


On Septmber 17, 2007 Ramstad announced his decision to retire. He said, "My passion for serving people remains as strong as ever. But after 17 years of commuting every week to Washington — 17 years of being gone all week — it’s time to be home with the people I love and mis."[2]

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

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

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

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board Member, Lake County Food Bank
  • Board Member, Minnesota D.A.R.E.
  • Member, Minnesota Prayer Breakfast Committee
  • National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
  • Member, North Metro and Wayzata Area Chambers of Commerce
  • Board Member, Violence Against Women Coalition

More Background Data

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


DC Office:
103 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2871
Fax: 202-225-6351
Email: mn03 AT mail.house.gov
Web Email

District Office- Minnetonka:
1809 Plymouth Road South, Suite 300s
Minnetonka, MN 55305-1977
Phone: 952-738-8200
Fax: 952-738-9362

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Aaron Blake, "Ramstad announces retirement,"The Hill, September 17, 2007.


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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Co-Chair, Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus; Army Caucus, Co-Chair; Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus; Executive Board, Congressional Arts Caucus; Congressional Boating Caucus; Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues; Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Co-Chair, Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus; Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus; Congressional Vietnam-Era Veterans Caucus; Co-Chair, Medical Technology Caucus; Chair, Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Oversight
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 6, 1990
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January 3, 1991
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January 3, 2009
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Minnesota Senate
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1. 1809 Plymouth Road South, Suite 300s, Minnetonka, MN 55305-1977
Phone: 952-738-8200 / Fax: 952-738-9362

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Date of Birth: May 6, 1946