Ken Kramer

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Ken Kramer
Kenneth B. Kramer, Assistant Secretary of the Army.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
In office
October 6, 2000 – September 14, 2004
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller)
In office
October 14, 1988 – 1989
Preceded by Michael P. W. Stone
Succeeded by Douglas A. Brook
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Bill Armstrong
Succeeded by Joel Hefley
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born Kenneth Bentley Kramer
(1942-02-19) February 19, 1942 (age 76)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Illinois
Harvard Law School
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1967–1970

Kenneth Bentley Kramer (born February 19, 1942) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado.

Born in 1942, in Chicago, Kramer grew up in the city's suburb of Skokie, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois, and after earning his degree, entered Harvard University, from which he received his Juris Doctor. In 1966, he was admitted to the bar, and by 1970, he had risen to the position of assistant district attorney for the state's Fourth Judicial District.

In 1972, Kramer was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and served for three terms until 1978. That year, he was elected to represent the state's 5th congressional district, filling the vacancy left by U.S. Senator-elect William Armstrong. Kramer held the seat for eight years. In 1986, he retired to run for the United States Senate, but lost the election to Democrat Tim Wirth. Kramer returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado to be an attorney in private practice.[1]

Since retiring, Kramer has held several positions. President Ronald Reagan nominated Kramer to be Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) on June 10, 1988; the United State Senate confirmed Kramer by unanimous consent on October 14, 1988.[1][2] He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush and appointed as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 1989. He was chief judge for the court until he retired in 2004.[3]

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Armstrong
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joel Hefley
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mary Estill Buchanan
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Colorado (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Terry Considine