Congressman Bud Cramer Joins JSU Board of Trustees
Congressman Bud Cramer
April 8, 2004 -- U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer has been appointed to a seat
on the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees as a representative
of the Fifth U. S. Congressional District, replacing Mr. James D. Thornton
of Huntsville, who served on the board for 38 years before his retirement.
Congressman Cramer has served as the representative for the fifth district
since 1991. His district includes seven counties across northern Alabama:
Colbert, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Lawrence and part
of Morgan County.
Congressman Cramer said Thursday afternoon, "I am honored that Governor
Riley appointed me to the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees.
I strongly believe in the importance of higher education, and for over
120 years Jacksonville State has been one of Alabama's finest institutions."
JSU President Bill Meehan said, "We are excited to have Congressman
Cramer on the board representing the Fifth Congressional District. He
brings a tremendous amount of expertise, and most of all he is personally
very interested in joining the Board. He has developed a fondness for
this institution over the last several years and has been invaluable
to us as we have pursued our program at Little River Canyon and other
Dr. Meehan added, "We want to again thank Mr. James D. Thornton
for his hard work and 38 years of service to Jacksonville State."
Cramer serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence. The powerful Appropriations Committee
is in charge of the spending for all aspects of the federal government,
including the Department of Defense and NASA. Many of the critical jobs
performed by these two agencies are based in North Alabama.
Cramer was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee in April, which
oversees defense and national security intelligence issues.
Cramer was born and raised in Huntsville and earned a law degree at
the University of Alabama in 1972. A military veteran, he served as
an Army tank officer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. A widower, Cramer has a
daughter, Hollan; two grandsons, Dylan and Mason; and a new granddaughter,
Patricia Lanier. Cramer is a lifelong member of the Methodist Church,
where he taught Sunday school classes to young people for many years.
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