|Indiana House of Representatives|
|1972 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1954 – 1958|
|Birthday||January 28, 1936|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana|
Crawford works as a consultant. He was a Radarman Third Class in the United States Navy from 1954-1958.
He is a member of Concerned Clergy, President of the Indianapolis Chapter of Indiana Black Expo Incorporated of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Operation People United to Serve Humanity, Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, and the National Caucus of Black State Legislators.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Crawford served on these committees:
- Ways and Means, Ranking Minority Member
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Crawford served on these committees:
- Ways and Means (Chair)
Crawford and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on February 22, 2011, in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 representatives needed to establish a quorum. Terri Austin, Steven Stemler and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.
On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, 2011, each Democrat was subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse. Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day. This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.
March 22, 2011, marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Mitch Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective March 21, 2011. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28, 2011. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill. Although the Democrats returned with some of their demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 in fines given by Republicans.
In the May 4th primary, Crawford ran unopposed and received 2,726 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 General Election (2010)|
|William Crawford (D)||9,413|
|Briane House (R)||3,131|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 (2008)|
|William Crawford (D)||20,409|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 (2006)|
|William Crawford (D)||8,811|
In 2010, Crawford collected $69,500 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William Crawford's campaign in 2010|
|Johnson, Lacy M||$5,000|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$3,000|
|Brightpoint Eclipse Indiana PAC||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$69,500|
In 2008, Crawford collected $80,045 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Lewis Smoot Sr.||$10,000|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$7,000|
|Dr. Gene McFadden||$5,000|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$5,000|
|Bardon for State Representative||$2,500|
|Build Indiana Council||$2,500|
|Citizens for Excel IN Government||$2,500|
|Jeb Bardon for Indiana||$2,500|
|Hoosiers for Indiana||$2,500|
|Eli Lilly & Co.||$2,000|
|Indiana Optometric Association||$2,000|
|Millers Health Systems||$2,000|
|US Steel Corp||$1,500|
|Valle Vista Hospital LLC||$1,200|
|James Steven Irsay||$1,050|
|Nursing Home Real Estate Group||$1,000|
|Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists||$1,000|
|Indiana Multi-Family Housing||$1,000|
|Indiana State Medical Association||$1,000|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$1,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term William + Crawford + Indiana + Legislature
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- Indiana House of Representatives - William Crawford
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Crawford
- IndyStar.com, "Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation," February 22, 2011
- Fox 59, "Fines begin for absent House Democrats," March 7, 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana," March 3, 2011
- IndyStar.com, "Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest," March 23, 2011
- WFIE.com, "Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating," March 17, 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Crawford Campaign Donors
|Indiana House of Representatives District 98
| Succeeded by|
Robin Shackleford (D)
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