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Former Rep. Robert Cramer

Democrat  •  Alabama 9 Terms  •  Sworn In 1991
Last Term 2007 - 2009 View All

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. 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. 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. Cramer has resisted these efforts thus far, and has won reelection easily in his increasingly conservative district despite his party affiliation. Read More...

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