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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 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 quiz, Crapo is a '''Moderate Conservative.''' Crapo received a score of 32 percent on personal issues and 61 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 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 quiz, Crapo is a '''Moderate Conservative.''' Crapo received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 61 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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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 1992 to 1998 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]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Crapo serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


Key votes

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.[4] 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.[5]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" 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.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[10] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[11] 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.[9][10]

Budget Proposal

Crapo announced he opposed the bipartisan budget proposal that Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray released on December 10, 2013.[12]

“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.”[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[13] 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.[14]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" 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.[6]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Crapo voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[6] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Crapo was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[6]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[15]


On The Issues Vote Match

Mike 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 quiz, Crapo is a Moderate Conservative. Crapo received a score of 32 percent on social issues and 61 percent on economic issues.[16]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[17]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[16] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

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.[18][19][20]

According to the website Breitbart, Crapo was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[21][22]

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."[23]


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.[24][25][26][27]

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."[28]



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.[29]

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

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.[32]

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

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 four-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 four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

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.[33] Between 2004 and 2012, Crapo's calculated net worth[34] 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.[35]

Mike Crapo Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-2%[36]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[37]
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.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Crapo is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 21, 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Crapo most often votes with:

Crapo least often votes with:

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 March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[40]

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 ranks fifth on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 27th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranks 15th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

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 9th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[42]


Crapo ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[43]

Voting with party


Crapo voted with the Republican Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 8th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[44]


Mike and his wife, Susan, have five children and three grandchildren. He currently resides in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[1]

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External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mike Crapo, U.S. Senate, "Biographical Information," accessed October 14, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Mike Crapo, U.S. Senate, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 14, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Project Vote Smart, "Mike Crapo Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  8. New York Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  11. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "Rand Paul, Mike Crapo to oppose budget deal," accessed December 11, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 On The Issues, "Mike Crapo Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  17. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  18. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  19. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  20. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  21. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  22. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  23. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  24. CBS News, "Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia," accessed December 23, 2012
  25. Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, arrested for DUI, had image as teetotaler," accessed December 24, 2012
  26. Washington Post, "Idaho senator charged with DUI," accessed December 23, 2012
  27. Business Insider, "Republican Senator Mike Crapo Arrested For DUI," accessed December 23, 2012
  28. USA Today, "Idaho senator pleads guilty to DWI charge in Va.," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Mike Crapo," accessed April 3, 2013
  33. OpenSecrets, "Mike Crapo (R-ID), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  34. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  35. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  36. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  37. 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.
  38. GovTrack, "Mike Crapo," accessed June 21, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mike Crapo," accessed August 2, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Chris Crapo," accessed March 29, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Mike Crapo," accessed 2012
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 28, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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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)