In Memory Of
Jim Ramstad’s Memorial Service is on Sunday, November 29 and 4:00 p.m. It is a closed service, but will be live-streamed at www.wayzatacommunitychurch.
September 18, 2007
The Rev. Dr. John F. Ross
Walking onto the floor of the House of Representatives, my father turned to our host Jim Ramstad and said, “It gives me goose-bumps to just walk into this room!” Jim responded, “Me too, Don. And the day I don’t get those goose-bumps anymore, is the day I step down.”
The bad news for those of us in Minnesota’s Third District (and well beyond) is that apparently those goose-bumps are gone. The good news is that the servant-spirit of the man with the goose-bumps is not. We’ve not seen the last good work of Jim Ramstad.
No doubt you’ve heard of Jim’s decision to not seek a 10 th term in Congress. What a remarkable run it has been for a man whose life has been shaped and defined by public service—and who has shaped and defined public service with his life. At the risk of piling on let me give you the pastor’s perspective on this guy whom my wife called “the real deal”.
Jim is the best of what it means to be a Servant Leader. Time after time Jim showed his willingness to reach out to the last, the lost, the least, and the little. You know of his passion for helping people suffering chemical addition, but it is the same compassion that has had him “on call” for more than two decades.
Someone who is the same person all the time, is someone of great integrity. Jim is Jim. Whether speaking at the podium on Capitol Hill, or kicked back over a bowl of chili at the Muni. His greatest accomplishments are those at a personal level, not just in the political arena.
Jim is a Godly man who allows his faith to inform his decisions. Jim gives immense thought and prayerful discernment to all his decisions. He seeks the ethical and honorable route in all matters—regardless of the partisan implications. Perhaps his legacy on the “Hill” will inspire others to do the same.
For the moment, I simply want to say “thanks Jim!” Thanks not only for your significant leadership over the decades, but for teaching us one final lesson in your stepping down: sometimes saying ‘no’ is as important as saying ‘yes.’