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Mike Crapo
Mike Crapo.jpg
U.S. Senate, Idaho
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 16
PredecessorDirk Kempthorne (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$7,492,217
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Idaho State Senate
High schoolIdaho Falls High School (1969)
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University (1973)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1977)
Date of birthMay 20, 1951
Place of birthIdaho Falls, Idaho
Net worth$872,009
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Dean "Mike" Crapo (b. May 20, 1951, in Idaho Falls, ID) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Idaho. Crapo was first elected to the Senate in 1998.

He previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1999 and a member of the Idaho State Senate from 1984 to 1992.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Crapo is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Crapo was born in Bonneville County, ID, in 1951. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1969. After that, Crapo attended and graduated from Brigham Young University Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in political science in 1973. In 1977, Crapo graduated from Harvard Law School, Cum Laude Juris Doctorate.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Crapo's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Crapo serves on the following committees:[3]


Crapo served on the following Senate committees:[4]


Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] The Senate has confirmed 3,934 out of 5,051 executive nominations received (77.9 percent). For more information pertaining to Crapo's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On May 5, 2015, the Senate voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 51-48. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. The vote marked the first time since 2009 that Congress approved a joint budget resolution. All 44 Democrats voted against the resolution. Carpo voted with 50 other Republican senators to approve the bill.[8][9][10]



Loretta Lynch AG nomination

Nay3.png On April 23, 2015, the Senate voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General by a vote of 56-43. All 44 Democratic senators voted to confirm Lynch. Crapo voted with 42 other Republican senators against Lynch's confirmation.[11]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[12] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Crapo's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Nay3.png Crapo voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[14]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Crapo joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts.

Crapo voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[17][18]

Budget Proposal

Crapo announced he opposed the bipartisan budget proposal that Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray released on December 10, 2013.[20]

“It doesn’t appear to be something I will likely support,” Crapo said. “It’s pretty light on entitlement reform and the entitlement reform that’s done is not structural. It doesn’t do anything to actually change or fix that. We’re looking now to see if it can pass the Congress.”[20]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Crapo voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[22]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Crapo voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[14]


Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Crapo voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Crapo voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[14]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[23] Crapo joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Crapo voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Michael Crapo's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

'On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Crapo is a Hard-Core Conservative.[27] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Crapo was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[28]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[29] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[30]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[31][32][33]

According to the website Breitbart, Crapo was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[34][35]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[36]


DUI Arrest

On December 23, 2012, Crapo was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia, and charged with allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. Alexandria police pulled Crapo over after running a red light at 12:45 A.M. He failed several sobriety tests and was taken into custody. He was released from jail later that morning on $1,000 bond. Following the incident Crapo said, "I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter. I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated." In prior interviews, Crapo had stated he abstains from alcohol, in accordance with his Mormon faith.[37][38][39][40]

Crapo pleaded guilty during his trial on January 4, 2013. He was ordered to pay a fine of $250, complete an alcohol safety course and had his driver's license suspended for a year. The prosecutors dropped the charge for failing to obey a traffic signal in exchange for his guilty plea. It was also made clear that as long as he remained on good behavior, he wouldn't have to serve a 180-day jail sentence. After his court appearance, he acknowledged that he had been drinking alcohol from time to time over the past year, which is in violation of his Mormon faith. He went on to say, "I will carry through on appropriate measures for forgiveness and repentance in my church."[41]



On November 2, 2010, Crapo (R) won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated P. Tom Sullivan (D), Randy Lynn Bergquist (I) and Frederick R. Reinisch, Jr (I) in the general election.[42]

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Crapo Incumbent 71.2% 319,953
     Democratic P. Tom Sullivan 24.9% 112,057
     Constitution Party Randy Lynn Bergquist 3.9% 17,429
     Independent Frederick R. Reinisch, Jr 0% 91
Total Votes 449,530

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Crapo attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Crapo is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Crapo raised a total of $7,492,217 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[45]

Mike Crapo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Idaho) Won $5,098,869
2004 U.S. Senate (Idaho) Won $2,393,348
Grand Total Raised $7,492,217

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Crapo's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $215,019 and $1,528,999. That averages to $872,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Crapo ranked as the 66th most wealthy senator in 2012.[46] Between 2004 and 2012, Crapo's calculated net worth[47] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Mike Crapo Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-2%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Crapo was the ranking Republican member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Crapo received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Securities & Investment industry.

From 1991-2014, 21.77 percent of Crapo's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Mike Crapo Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $12,191,584
Total Spent $8,587,207
Ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$770,829
Leadership PACs$389,750
Health Professionals$379,042
% total in top industry6.32%
% total in top two industries12.34%
% total in top five industries21.77%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Crapo was a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Crapo received in June 2013.[52]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[53]

Crapo most often votes with:

Crapo least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Crapo missed 113 of 4,556 roll call votes from January 1999 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of August 2014.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Crapo paid his congressional staff a total of $2,762,770 in 2011. He ranked fifth on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 27th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranked 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[55]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Crapo ranked 10th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[56]


Crapo ranked 9th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[57]


Crapo ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[58]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Crapo voted with the Republican Party 90.1 percent of the time, which ranked 13th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[59]


Crapo voted with the Republican Party 91.5 percent of the time, which ranked 8th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[60]


Mike and his wife, Susan, have five children. They currently reside in Idaho Falls, ID.[1]

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  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Dirk Kempthorne
U.S. Senate-Idaho
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard H. Stallings (D)
U.S. House-Idaho District 2
Succeeded by
Michael K. Simpson (R)