William Crawford

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William Crawford
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 98
Former Member
In office
1972 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1954 – 1958
Date of birthJanuary 28, 1936
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
Office website
William Crawford (b. January 28, 1936) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 1972 to 2012.

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.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Crawford served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Crawford served on these committees:

Legislative walkout

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.[2] 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.[2]

On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[5] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[6]

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.[4] 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.[4]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed the measure into law.[7]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Crawford defeated Republican candidate Briane House by a margin of 9,413 to 3,131 to win re-election.[8] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Crawford ran unopposed and received 2,726 votes.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Crawford (D) 9,413
Briane House (R) 3,131


On November 4, 2008, Democrat William Crawford won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 98. He ran unopposed receiving 20,409 votes.[10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Crawford (D) 20,409


On November 7, 2006, Crawford won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 98 unopposed.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 98 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Crawford (D) 8,811

Campaign donors


In 2010, Crawford collected $69,500 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[12]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Crawford's campaign in 2010
Johnson, Lacy M$5,000
Johnson, Lacy$5,000
Indiana Hospital Association$3,000
Johnson, Lacy$2,000
Brightpoint Eclipse Indiana PAC$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $69,500


In 2008, Crawford collected $80,045 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
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

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Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 98
Succeeded by
Robin Shackleford (D)