Cramer focuses on last weeks in House as he gears up for Senate job

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- North Dakota’s lone representative is making his move across Capitol Hill. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) says he is ready for his House exit and his Senate entrance.

“I’m grateful that I don’t have to start from scratch, that I get to hit the ground, if not running, at least jogging,” said Cramer.

The Senator-elect is taking over the reins from Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) following a bruising campaign. Before he chooses his new Senate office, Cramer says there is still work to be done in the People's’ House. That includes funding the federal government and passing a Farm Bill to provide certainty to North Dakota farmers.

“Getting back to the work is the best therapy. It’s what allows you to put the election, if you will, the campaign behind you and the work of the people in front of you,” said Cramer.

The Republican says his last six years in the House have him well prepared for life in the Senate. Cramer says he is switching chambers at an appropriate time, as Democrats take majority control in the House but the GOP retains power in the Senate.

“I actually see opportunity in a divided government,” said Cramer.

Cramer says he knows how to play the game on Capitol Hill, but will have some ropes to learn in his new post. He has his eyes on particular committee assignments, like Environment and Public Works and the Veterans Affairs Committee.

“Where my gifts can be most contribution to the Senate and can be to the greatest benefit to North Dakota,” said Cramer.

Congressman Cramer officially becomes Senator Cramer the first week in January.