Jim Ramstad

  • Spring 2009

Jim Ramstad was first elected to Congress in 1990 and served until January 2009.  He was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Health Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee.  Ramstad also co-chaired the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, as well as the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Law Enforcement Caucus and Medical Technology Caucus.

Congressman Ramstad is the 1998 recipient of the “Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award.”  He was also named “Legislator of the Year” in 1998 by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors, in 1999 by the National Mental Health Association and in 1997 and 2000 by the National Association of Police Organizations.

In 2005, Ramstad was named “Leading Light for Seniors” by the American Health Care Association, and in 2006, he received the “Disabilities Rights Award” from the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Ramstad served his country as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve (1968-75).  He is a former Criminal Justice attorney (1973-78) and adjunct professor of government and Constitutional law (1975-78).  Prior to his election to Congress, Jim served three terms in the Minnesota Senate, where he was Assistant Minority Leader (1981-90).

Ramstad has a long history of civic and community involvement.  Ramstad currently serves as a board member of Minnesota DARE and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.  Jim is also a co-founder of the Lake Country Food Bank and a member of American Legion Post 118, Plymouth Lions Club, and the Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce.

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