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Birthdate: Oct. 5, 1944
Birth Place: St. Augustine, FL, United States
Residence: Vancleave, MS
Religion: Non-denominational Christian
Tom Cramer was born in St. Augustine, Fla. When he was 9 years old, he was adopted and was raised in Florida, South Carolina and Massachusetts. He has lived in coastal Vancleave, Miss., since 1992.
Cramer served more than 21 years in the Navy, beginning in the Navy Reserve when he was in high school and later switching to the regular Navy.
He has worked 30 years in the defense industry, including jobs as project manager for Coastal Drydock and Repair in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gulf Coast manager and master ordnance repair production manager for United Technologies-Norden Service Company in Mobile, Ala., and Avondale, La.; and crew training instructor and program management and budget analyst for Ingalls Shipbuilding, in Pascagoula, Miss.
He and his wife, Helen, have two children.
Thomas Cramer is running in 2012 as a Constitution Party candidate for the U.S. Senate. He is one of three candidates challenging Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, who has held the seat since late 2007.
Cramer reported no campaign fundraising or spending as of June 30, 2012, according to the Federal Election Commission website. Wicker was the only candidate in the race who reported any campaign cash: He had $2.3 million on hand.
Cramer has been active in the Mississippi Gulf Coast 912 Project, a tea party group. According to his campaign website, Cramer is a states' rights advocate and uses the U.S. Constitution and the Ten Commandments as his guiding principles.
He says on the site that he opposes the 16th Amendment, which gives Congress the power to set and collect income taxes. He says he wants to limit the role of the federal government. "States have right to protect themselves against invasion," he says, adding that he believes illegal immigration is a form of invasion.
Cramer says he opposes the federal bailouts of financial institutions and the automotive industry, both of which Wicker supported.
Source: Associated Press
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