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Jim Ramstad

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Bill Frenzel
Succeeded by Erik Paulsen

Born May 6, 1946 (1946-05-06) (age 63)
Jamestown, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathryn Ramstad
Residence Minnetonka, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota, George Washington University
Occupation attorney, political assistant
Religion United Church of Christ
Military service
Service/branch United States National Guard
Years of service 1968-1974

James Marvin "Jim" Ramstad (born May 6, 1946)[1] is a United States politician from the state of Minnesota.


Early life

Ramstad was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, was educated at the University of Minnesota and the George Washington University Law School. He was an officer in the United States National Guard from 1968 to 1974.[2] He also worked as a private practice attorney and as a legislative aide to the Minnesota House of Representatives.


Ramstad was Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1981 to 1990 before entering the U.S. Congress. He served in the 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th, 108th, 109th, and 110th congresses, beginning on January 3, 1991. He first defeated former Minneapolis city councilman Lou DeMars in the 1990 election and never again faced a serious electoral challenge.

Ramstad was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 until 2009, representing Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, one of eight congressional districts in Minnesota. On September 17, 2007 Ramstad announced he would not seek reelection in 2008.[3] He reiterated his statement on December 19, 2007.[4]

Ramstad considered ending discrimination against those suffering from mental health and addiction problems a major part of his legacy, and worked under both Republican and Democratic majorities to pass a Mental Health Parity Bill. Mental Health Parity was eventually passed and signed into law in December, 2008. [5]

Congressman Jim Ramstad on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
Congressman Jim Ramstad on the steps of the U.S. Capitol w/ Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Kennedy, Majority Leader Hoyer and David Wellstone, son of the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.

Ramstad was mentioned as a possible candidate for Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the administration of President Barack Obama.[6]

Ramstad is currently a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics where he is leading a study group titled The Policy and Politics of Addiction.[7]


Political stances

Ramstad is a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership. He is pro-choice, supports stem cell research, and supports gay rights but is opposed to gay marriage.[8] He voted in favor of an amendment to a whistleblower protection bill that would have allowed the government to influence stem-cell research.[9]

He is considered to be the most moderate Republican member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress, scoring 68 percent conservative by a conservative group[10] and 21% progressive by a liberal group.[11] Minnesota Congressional Districts shows the scores for the entire delegation.

Personal life

Ramstad has identified himself as a recovering alcoholic, having been sober since 1981. Ramstad's sister, Sheryl Ramstad-Hvass, is currently a Tax Court judge in Minnesota.

On February 25, 2008 it was announced that Ramstad had been elected to the board of directors of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University [12]

Committee Assignments

  • Ways and Means Committee
    • Subcommittee on Oversight (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Health
  • Co-chair of the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Disabilities Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Co-chair of the Medical Technology Caucus

Electoral history

Minnesota's 3rd congressional district: Results 1990–2006[13]
Year DFL Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1990 Lou Demars 96,395 33% Jim Ramstad 195,833 67% Write-ins 624 <1%
1992 Paul Mandell 104,606 33% Jim Ramstad 200,240 64% Dwight Fellman Grass Roots 9,164 3% Write-ins 721 <1%
1994 Bob Olson 62,211 26% Jim Ramstad 173,223 73% Write-ins 1,097 <1%
1996 Stan J. Leino 87,350 30% Jim Ramstad 205,816 70% *
1998 Stan J. Leino 66,505 23% Jim Ramstad 203,731 72% Derek W. Schramm Minnesota Taxpayers 12,823 5% *
2000 Sue Shuff 98,219 30% Jim Ramstad 222,571 68% Bob Odden Libertarian 5,302 2% Arne Niska Constitution 2,970 1%
2002 Darryl Stanton 82,575 28% Jim Ramstad 213,334 72% *
2004 Deborah Watts 126,665 35% Jim Ramstad 231,871 65% *
2006 Wendy Wilde 99,588 35% Jim Ramstad 184,333 65% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1996, write-ins received 417 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 250 votes. In 2002, write-ins received 309 votes. In 2004, write-ins received 356 votes. In 2006, write-ins received 323 votes.


  1. ^ "Candidate Biography: Jim Marvin Ramstad". Fox News. http://elections.foxnews.com/candidate/jim-marvin-ramstad/. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Veterans in the US House of Representatives 109th Congress" (PDF). Navy League. http://web.archive.org/web/20070626235918/http://www.navyleague.org/legislative_affairs/HouseVets.pdf. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  3. ^ Fred Frommer, Fred (2007-09-17). "Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress". Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/17/ramstad/. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Ramstad Says He Has No 'Plans' To Seek Re-Election". WCCO. 2007-12-19. http://wcco.com/local/jim.ramstad.no.2.614336.html. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Interview with IOP Fellow Jim Ramstad". Harvard Citizen. 2009-04-29. http://harvardcitizen.com/2009/04/29/interview-with-iop-fellow-jim-ramstad/. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "Drug Czar Ramstad?". Minnesota Independent. 2008-12-03. http://minnesotaindependent.com/19097/drug-czar-ramstad. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=526170
  8. ^ Jim Ramstad on the Issues Retrieved October 24, 2006
  9. ^ Clerk of the House: Final Vote Results for Roll Call 150
  10. ^ "ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006". American Conservative Union. 2006. http://www.acuratings.org/2006all.htm#MN. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  11. ^ "Leading with the Left". Progressive Punch. http://www.progressivepunch.org/members.jsp?member=MN3. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad Elected to CASA Board of Directors". CASA Columbia. http://www.casacolumbia.org/absolutenm/templates/PressReleases.aspx?articleid=517&zoneid=66. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  13. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/index.html. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Frenzel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Erik Paulsen


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