10 Things You Didn't Know About Mike Crapo

The Republican senator is a member of the president's deficit commission.


1. Michael Dean Crapo was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on May 20, 1951, to George Crapo, who ran a post office, and Melba Olsen Crapo, a homemaker. His parents also farmed potatoes and grains on a 200-acre farm.

2. Crapo was a longtime Boy Scout, reaching Eagle Scout rank in 1966 and receiving the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2000.

3. He graduated summa cum laude, with a major in political science, from Brigham Young University in 1973 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977.

4. After law school, he clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. He worked briefly as a lawyer in San Diego before returning to his hometown of Idaho Falls.

5. He is a practicing Mormon and was named a bishop in the church at age 31.

6. He was elected to the Idaho Senate in 1984, two years after his older brother Terry, a state House majority leader, died of leukemia. He became state Senate leader in 1988 and was elected to Congress four years later.

7. In 1998, after serving three terms in the U.S. House, Crapo was elected as Idaho's first Mormon senator.

8. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and is a two-time survivor. He cosponsored a 2008 Senate resolution that designated September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

9. Crapo and his wife, Susan, whom he married in 1974, have five children and two grandchildren.

10. Crapo, a conservative, was recently among 11 of 18 members of President Obama's deficit-reduction commission who supported the cochairs' final plan.