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]:



Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 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

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.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Crapo was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

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."[11]

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.[12]


Budget Proposal

Crapo announced he opposed the bipartisan budget proposal that Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray released on December 10, 2013.[13]

“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.”[13]

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 funds 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.[14] 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.[15]

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 suspended 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.[12]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Crapo voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[12] 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.[12]

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.[12]

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.[12]

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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]


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.[17][18][19][20]

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."[21]



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.[22]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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, 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.[30]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[31]

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.[32]


Crapo ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[33]

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.[34]


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

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See also

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. 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. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Project Votesmart, "Mike Crapo Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "Rand Paul, Mike Crapo to oppose budget deal," accessed December 11, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. CBS News "Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia," December 23, 2012
  18. Cleveland Plain Dealer "Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, arrested for DUI, had image as teetotaler," December 24, 2012
  19. Washington Post "Idaho senator charged with DUI," December 23, 2012
  20. Business Insider "Republican Senator Mike Crapo Arrested For DUI," December 23, 2012
  21. USA Today "Idaho senator pleads guilty to DWI charge in Va.," January 4, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Mike Crapo" Accessed April 3, 2013
  26. Gov Track "Mike Crapo," Accessed June 21, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mike Crapo," Accessed August 2, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Chris Crapo," Accessed March 29, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Mike Crapo"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Crapo, (R-Idaho), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Crapo, (R-Idaho), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  34. 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 District 2
Succeeded by
Michael K. Simpson (R)