Sidney Kramer

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Sidney Kramer
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Kramer in 2016
3rd Montgomery County Executive
In office
December 1, 1986 – December 3, 1990
Preceded byCharles W. Gilchrist
Succeeded byNeal Potter
In office
January 10, 1979 – January 17, 1987
In office
December 7, 1970 – December 2, 1974
Preceded byJames P. Gleason
Succeeded byJane Anne Moore
Personal details
Born(1925-07-08)July 8, 1925
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMay 16, 2022(2022-05-16) (aged 96)
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Betty Mae
OccupationPolitician, businessman

Sidney Kramer (July 8, 1925 – May 16, 2022) was an American politician in the state of Maryland. He served in the Maryland Senate and as county executive for Montgomery County.

Early life and education[edit]

Kramer was born in Washington, D.C., on July 8, 1925. His parents were Jewish and immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe.[1] He attended Calvin Coolidge High School in his hometown, graduating in 1944. He then earned degrees in chemistry and physics from George Washington University while working full-time.[1][2] He subsequently moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, and became the proprietor and operator of Automatic Car Washes.[3]


After moving to Montgomery County in 1960, Kramer became active in the local parent-teacher association, as well as the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery County Citizens Planning Association.[4] From 1965 to 1966, he served on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.[2] His first bid for a seat in the Montgomery County Council was unsuccessful, but he became elected to the Council four years later in 1970, and he served till 1974.[4] He was credited with persuading the county to distribute grants to local nonprofit institutions for the first time.[1]

During the 1974 US House of Representatives elections, Kramer was the Democratic nominee for Maryland's 8th congressional district against incumbent Republican Gilbert Gude. However, he lost by a margin of nearly 2-to-1.[5] Kramer was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1978, and he served as Chairperson of the Montgomery County Delegation for eight years. He returned to the County in 1986 and defeated then-County Council Member David Scull in the election to become Montgomery County's third County Executive.[6] During his tenure as county executive, Kramer oversaw the increase in funding for programs helping residents with developmental disabilities, which was previously within the purview of state government. His leadership was characterized as a "relatively low-key, businesslike administration".[1] He was later defeated in the 1990 Democratic primary by Neal Potter,[1] who went on to become the fourth Montgomery County Executive.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kramer married Betty Mae Kerman in 1950. They met at a beach party three-and-a-half years before while he was studying at George Washington University,[8] and remained married until her death in 2010.[9] Together, they had three children.[8] Their daughter, Rona E. Kramer, represented Maryland's 14th District in the State Senate from 2003 to 2011, while their son, Benjamin F. Kramer, represented Maryland's 19th District in the Maryland Senate from 2019.[1] The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room is named after his wife.[10]

Kramer died on May 16, 2022, at his home in Rockville, Maryland. He was 96 years old.[1][3][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Weil, Martin; Tan, Rebecca; Flynn, Meagan (May 17, 2022). "Sidney Kramer, third Montgomery County executive, dies at 96". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Sidney Kramer, County Executive". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. March 14, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Schere, Dan (May 17, 2022). "Former Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer dies at 96". Bethesda Magazine. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Guide to the Papers of Sidney Kramer, 1970-1974, Record Group 2: County Council" (PDF). Montgomery County Archives. May 9, 2000. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  5. ^ "Statistics of Congressional Election of November 4, 1974" (PDF). Election Statistics. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. August 1, 1975. p. 16. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  6. ^ "Montgomery County, MD - Previous County Executives". Montgomery County Government. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  7. ^ "Neal Potter (1990–1994)". Montgomery County Government. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Pressley, Sue Anne (January 29, 1990). "After 40 Years, Honeymoon Isn't Over Yet". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  9. ^ "Betty Kramer Obituary". The Washington Post. Mason City, Iowa. March 14, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2022 – via
  10. ^ "Betty Mae Kramer Gallery". Silver Spring Urban District. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ DePuyt, Bruce (May 17, 2022). "Former Montgomery County Executive Sid Kramer Dies at Age 96". Maryland Matters. Retrieved May 17, 2022.

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Preceded by Montgomery County, Maryland Executive
Succeeded by