Michael Crapo

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U.S. Senator

Michael Crapo




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on the Budget
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the ID-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

Confirmed: None so far
Considering: None so far
Rumored: None so far
Potential: None so far
Dropped-out: None so far
(more info and editing for the ID-Senate Class III Seat)
On the Web
Official website

Michael Dean Crapo is the junior United States Senator from Idaho. He is a member of the Republican Party and was elected to office in 1998.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Crapo voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record


"CIEDRA suffers another blow". Idaho Mountain Express. July 12, 2010.


Senator Jim Risch has expressed "his opposition to the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, the wilderness bill he is co-sponsoring in the Senate", according to the Idaho Mountain Express. 


"Lawmakers form caucus to promote nuclear power". The News Tribune. July 6, 2010.


Sen. Crapo (R-ID) is a part of the “National Nuclear Caucus” which is attempting to “add another voice in support of nuclear energy”.

"NHA Statement on the Hydropower Improvement Act of 2010". RenewableEnergyWorld.com. July 13, 2010.


Excerpt: "National Hydropower Association Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci" issued a statement that "congratulates Senators Murkowski, Murray, Crapo, and Cantwell on the introduction [of] the Hydropower Improvement Act of 2010".



"Feds not handling women's uranium claims". The Daily Sentinel. July 5, 2010.


The article concerns a woman, Pattie Claypoole, who “has developed a pulmonary fibrosis” apparently from handling uranium when she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission offices. Sen. Crapo and others, “have written to ask the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing on the bill to amend the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act” which currently prohibits Pattie Claypoole from receiving financial support.



Research and Development

"Blue & Orange Will Get Geothermal Expansion". Fox12Idaho. July 7, 2010.


Sen. Crapo was quoted in a local article about how Boise State University plans to “make good use of geothermal energy”. Sen. Crapo stated, “I think everyone in America knows we are too dependent on foreign petroleum”.

STEM Education

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Crapo (pronounced "Cray-po") was born May 20, 1951 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Crapo earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. He served as clerk to Judge James M. Carter of the Ninth Circuit on the Court of Appeals and then returned to Idaho to become a lawyer. While practicing law in Idaho Falls in the 1980s, he was active in the Republican Party's campaigns for seats in the state legislature. He was elected to the Idaho state senate in 1984.[1]

Crapo was a member of the state senate from 1985 until 1992, serving as Senate President Pro Tempore from 1988 to 1992, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He was a member of the House from 1993 until 1999, being re-elected in 1994 and 1996. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1998, gaining the seat of Republican Dirk Kempthorne, who ran for governor and was elected to that position.[2] Crapo was re-elected in 2004 with 99% of the vote, with the other 1% going to write-in candidates. He was the only Senate candidate in 2004 to run completely unopposed on the ballot. Some Republicans want him to be appointed to a high position in the Senate Republican leadership because his seat is considered one of the 'safest' in the entire Senate.

Crapo was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and underwent a radical prostectomy in January 2000. While he had a full recovery and was declared cancer-free at that time, prostate cancer recurred in 2005 and he underwent a series of radiation treatments.[3] His experience led him to become active in advocating for early detection tests for cancer and other treatable diseases.[4]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Amgen Inc$ 26,600
JR Simplot Co$ 22,000
Zions Bancorp$ 20,500
Murray Energy$ 20,006
Common Values PAC$ 20,000
Defend America PAC$ 20,000
UBS AG$ 20,000
HBK Capital Management$ 19,000
DaVita HealthCare Partners$ 18,100
KCG Holdings$ 17,252
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Crapo
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data


DC office
  • 239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6142 Fax: 202-228-1375
    Webform email
District offices
  • 202 Falls Avenue, Suite 2, Twin Falls, ID 83301
    Ph: 208-734-2515 Fax: (none entered)
  • 275 South 5th Avenue, Suite 225, Pocatello, ID 83201
    Ph: 208-236-6775 Fax: (none entered)
  • 610 Hubbard Street, Suite 209, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
    Ph: 208-664-5490 Fax: (none entered)
  • 313 D Street, Suite 105, Lewiston, ID 83501
    Ph: 208-743-1492 Fax: (none entered)
  • 490 Memorial Drive, Suite 102, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
    Ph: 208-522-9779 Fax: (none entered)
  • 524 East Cleveland Boulevard, Suite 220, Caldwell, ID 83605
    Ph: 208-455-0360 Fax: (none entered)
  • 251 East Front Street, Suite 205, Boise, ID 83702
    Ph: 208-334-1776 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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