Ben Kramer was born and raised in Montgomery County and has lived his entire life within the current Legislative District 19 boundaries. He went to E. Brooke Lee Middle School, Kennedy High School, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Law Enforcement. Always one to enjoy sports, as a teenager, Ben was a member of Silver Spring’s Temple Israel boxing team. At the age of 20, Ben became the Middleweight on the first US Olympic Committee-sanctioned Karate Team and competed in Israel at the Maccabiah Games. Growing up in the Kramer family meant more than sports as extra-curricular activities for Ben and his sisters. Ben’s father Sid, an elected official, often recruited Ben and his siblings to help with the many tasks essential to public service. Ben recalls with affection and appreciation putting up yard signs with his father and meeting people with him on the campaign trail.
Upon graduation, Ben’s interest in business and participating in the vitality of his community led him to take on the challenges of growing a small business. Ben was known for his “hands on” dedication, often working side-by-side with his employees and his commitment to customer service.
Throughout Ben’s career, he has worked hard to continue the tradition of community service exemplified by his parents. Ben served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Boys & Girls Clubs, where he helped expand after-school activities and educational opportunities for underprivileged children.
Ben has also served as president of the Bowie Mill Civic Association, as a member of the Montgomery County Police Department Citizens Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, the Wheaton Redevelopment Steering Committee and the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Minority Outreach Committee.
In 2006, Ben Kramer was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates from District 19. Delegate Kramer is a sponsor/co-sponsor of several important pieces of legislation that will protect seniors, promote openness and transparency in state government, establish tougher car emission standards, increase mental health resources for Iraqi and Afghanistan War veterans, and expand the scope of Maryland’s hate crime statute to include women and our citizens with disabilities, among other initiatives.