Sidney Kramer was elected as the third County Executive for Montgomery County on November 4, 1986 and was sworn-in on December 1, 1986.
He was born July 8, 1925 in Washington, D.C. and attended public schools there. He also attended George Washington University in the District of Columbia and then pursued a business career in Montgomery County, building a successful chain of car washes in the suburban Maryland community.
Kramer has long been active in public life. He served as a member of the County Council from 1970-74 and was Council vice president in 1974. He was also the Montgomery County representative to Region IV Board of Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice from 1971-74 and chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Other assignments included being chairman of the Maryland Building Code Study Commission, a member of the Governor's Commission on Workmen's Compensation Laws and a member of the Advisory Board on Liability.
Kramer was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1978 and served there until he became County Executive. While in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Montgomery County delegation and on several committees including the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee, the Executive Nominations Committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, and the Governor's Task Force to Study the Funding of Public Education.
Kramer has also been active in a number of community organizations. He is a former president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rotary Club of Silver Spring, vice-chairman of the Executive Committee of the Montgomery United Way, director of the Maryland Association for Retarded Children, and a member of the board of trustees of Holy Cross Hospital.