Robert Cramer

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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

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American Conservative Union 29 - 7/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 80 - 16/20 75 - 15/20
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League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 74 - 14/20 not avail.

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


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

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, Robert Cramer, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.


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

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Fundraising profile: 2008 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)


More Background Data

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


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

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


  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

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