|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 3rd district
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Bill Frenzel|
|Succeeded by||Erik Paulsen|
|Member of the Minnesota Senate|
from the 45th district
January 6, 1981 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Emily Anne Staples|
|Succeeded by||Judy Traub|
|Born||May 6, 1946|
Jamestown, North Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota, George Washington University|
|Occupation||attorney, political assistant|
|Branch/service||United States National Guard|
|Years of service||1968–1974|
Ramstad was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was educated at the University of Minnesota and the George Washington University Law School. He was an officer in the United States Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974. 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.
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. He reiterated his statement on December 19, 2007.
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.
Ramstad was mentioned as a possible candidate for Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the administration of President Barack Obama. However, the position eventually went to former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske.
Ramstad was a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership. He is pro-choice, supports embryonic stem cell research, and supports gay rights but is opposed to gay marriage. He voted in favor of an amendment to a whistleblower protection bill that would have allowed the government to influence stem-cell research.
He was considered to be the most moderate Republican member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress, scoring 68 percent conservative by a conservative group and 21% progressive by a liberal group.
Ramstad has identified himself as a recovering alcoholic, having been sober since 1981. For a time, he was Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy's Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. Ramstad's sister, Sheryl Ramstad, is currently a Tax Court judge in Minnesota. He is a member of the United Church of Christ.
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
- 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
|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%||*|
- "Candidate Biography: Jim Marvin Ramstad". Fox News. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
- Fred Frommer, Fred (September 17, 2007). "Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
- "Ramstad Says He Has No 'Plans' To Seek Re-Election". WCCO. December 19, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
- "Interview with IOP Fellow Jim Ramstad". Harvard Citizen. April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
- "Drug Czar Ramstad?". Minnesota Independent. December 3, 2008. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
- Doug Grow (June 30, 2009). "For good or bad, GOP's Jim Ramstad could be the ultimate man in the middle of 2010 governor's race". MinnPost. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Doug Grow (July 14, 2009). "GOP's Jim Ramstad decides not to enter governor's race". MinnPost. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- Jim Ramstad on the Issues Retrieved October 24, 2006
- Clerk of the House: Final Vote Results for Roll Call 150
- "ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006". American Conservative Union. 2006. Archived from the original on September 3, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2007.
- "Leading with the Left". Progressive Punch. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2007.
- "Challenging the Second 'A' in A.A." New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad Elected to CASA Board of Directors". CASA Columbia. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- Jim Ramstad at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- MPR – Campaign 2006: Jim Ramstad profile from Minnesota Public Radio
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2009