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Inventory of the James (Jim) M. Cramer Papers
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James (Jim) M. Cramer Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1981-1982
    Collection number: LP211:16-22
    Creator: Cramer, James M.
    Extent: .5 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: James M. Cramer, Democrat, was a State Assembly Member, 1981-1982. He authored bills concerning corrections, specifically the sentencing of habitual offenders and reforming the justice system at the county level.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James M. Cramer Papers, LP211:16-22, California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the James M. Cramer Papers following his Assembly term.


    James M. Cramer, Democrat, was a State Assembly Member, 1981-1982. His 65th Assembly District represented cities within the counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
    Cramer was born on October 14, 1931 in Sullivan, Oklahoma and established residence in California in 1947. He attended the College of Marin where he earned an A.A. degree and the University of the Redlands where he earned his B.A. degree. Cramer then attended University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law where he earned a juris doctor (J.D.) degree. Before entering politics, Cramer was an Attorney and a former District Attorney of San Bernardino County. He married his wife Betty with whom he had two children: Claire and David.
    In addition to his political activities, James Cramer served as past President of the San Bernardino County Bar Association and past Chairman of the State Bar Association. He participated on the Standing Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure, the California District Attorney's Association's Legislative Committee, AB90 Committee for San Bernardino County, the Tri County Council on Criminal Justice for the San Bernardino area, the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Media-Bench-Bar Committee of San Bernardino County. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 112, the First United Methodist Church, Rotary, Elks Lodge 1419, the Inland Area Urban League, and the Ontario Museum Association.
    James Cramer was elected to the State Assembly in 1980 and served through 1982.
    According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), Cramer served on the following committees:

    California State Assembly, 1981-1982

    • Standing Committees
    • Agriculture, 1981-1982
    • Criminal Justice, 1981-1982
    • Local Government, 1981-1982
    • Water, Parks and Wildlife, 1981-1982
    • Ways and Means, 1982

    Scope and Content

    The James Cramer Papers consist of .5 cubic feet of records reflecting Cramer's activities during his time as an Assembly Member. The records contain Assembly bill files, 1981-1982. The bill files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature. The bills introduced by James Cramer include a wide array of subjects. He authored bills concerning corrections, specifically the sentencing of habitual offenders and reforming the justice system at the county level. Other proposed legislation aimed to regulate student hazing and child support payments.


    The James M. Cramer Papers are arranged into one series of bill files.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been associated with these materials in the Archives' automated public access system (currently in development, September 2004).


    Cramer, James M.
    California - - Legislature - - Assembly
    California. Penal Code of California