Mike Crapo

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Mike Crapo
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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$892,518
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, Idaho) 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, Idaho 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]:




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.[4][5][6][7]

Crapo pleaded guilty during his trial on January 4th. 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."[8]

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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

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.[10][11][12]

According to the website Breitbart, Crapo was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[13][14]

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."[15]



On November 2, 2010, Crapo 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.[16]

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.[19]

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


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.[20]

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 Jan 1999 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[21]

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 he 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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Crapo's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $163,037 and $1,621,999. That averages to $892,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 23.50% from 2010.[23]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Crapo's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $241,167 and $1,204,161. That averages to $722,664, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[24]

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.[25]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Crapo ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[26]

Voting with party


Mike Crapo voted with the Republican Party 91.5% of the time, which ranked 8th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[27]

Recent news

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

External links


  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. CBS News "Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia," December 23, 2012
  5. Cleveland Plain Dealer "Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, arrested for DUI, had image as teetotaler," December 24, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Idaho senator charged with DUI," December 23, 2012
  7. Business Insider "Republican Senator Mike Crapo Arrested For DUI," December 23, 2012
  8. USA Today "Idaho senator pleads guilty to DWI charge in Va.," January 4, 2013
  9. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  11. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  12. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  13. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  14. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Mike Crapo" Accessed April 3, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Mike Crapo," Accessed June 21, 2013
  21. GovTrack, "Chris Crapo," Accessed March 29, 2013
  22. LegiStorm "Mike Crapo"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Crapo, (R-Idaho), 2011"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Crapo, (R-Idaho), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dirk Kempthorne
U.S. Senate-Idaho
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard H. Stallings (D)
U.S. House-Idaho's 2nd congressional district
Succeeded by
Michael K. Simpson (R)