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After skipping process in 2012, Cramer gets GOP nod for House

MINOT, N.D. – After bypassing the convention process two years ago, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer received the North Dakota Republican Party’s unanimous endorsement at the GOP State Convention on Saturday in Minot.

Cramer faces a challenge from Democratic state Sen. George B. Sinner of Fargo, a longtime banker and the son of former North Dakota Gov. George “Bud” Sinner.

“I can tell you we’re going to outwork them for sure with your help,” Cramer said.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven introduced Cramer, noting the former utility regulator has served during one of the most dynamic times for the energy industry and worked hard to get a federal farm bill passed.

“Kevin Cramer understands what we need to do and he is working hard every day to get things done,” Hoeven said.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner of Dickinson seconded Cramer’s nomination, saying he demonstrates his understanding of important issues by his willingness to be accessible at town hall meetings and other public events across the state.

“He has set a standard for all politicians to follow,” Wardner said.

Cramer served nine years on the North Dakota Public Service Commission before being elected to the U.S. House in November 2012, winning the seat left open by one-term Rep. Rick Berg’s unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate. Cramer also was chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party in the early 1990s and served as state tourism director from 1993 to 1997 and as state economic development and finance director from 1997-2000 under former governor Ed Schafer.

Cramer upset some Republicans in 2012 when he skipped the endorsing process and went straight to the primary ballot, where he defeated the party’s endorsed candidate, Brian Kalk, to win the nomination.

But there were no signs of lingering resentment on Saturday, as District 45 Chairman John Trandem of Fargo called for a unanimous ballot and delegates responded with a resounding “Aye!” vote. There were no opposition votes.