|Name||Philip M. Crane|
Palatine, Illinois , United States
|| November 03, 1930
Nov 04, 2007 12:17am
Very Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Labor - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Pro-Tort Reform -
|Info||Congressman Philip Miller Crane (R-IL) was first elected to Congress in a special election held on November 25, 1969, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, who was appointed to serve in the Nixon administration. Since that time, Crane has become well known as a leader in the conservative movement. While district lines have been redrawn during his tenure, changing his district from the 13th to the 12th to the 8th, Crane remains popular with constituents in the Western half of Lake County and the Northwest suburbs of Cook County. In November 2000, Crane was again reelected by a substantial margin of the vote to serve in the 107th Congress, which convened in January 2001. |
Phil Crane was born during the Great Depression on November 3, 1930. He was the second of five children. His father, Dr. George Crane, was the author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column entitled, "Worry Clinic," which ran in papers for over forty years. Crane's mother, Cora, reared their children on Chicago's Southside. Crane received his bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Afterward, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He then continued his education in history by earning Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After graduation, Crane served as a professor at both Indiana University and Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He also served as the director of Schools at Westminster Academy in Northbrook, Illinois. Crane also has received three honorary doctorates.
Crane married his wife of 43 years, Arlene Catherine Johnson, on February 14, 1959. The Cranes had eight children (Catherine Anne, Susanna Marie, Jennifer Elizabeth, Rebekah Caroline, George Washington V, Rachel Ellen, Sarah Emma, and Carrie Esther) and have six grandchildren.
The Congressman is the author of three books, The Democrats' Dilemma (1964), Surrender in Panama: The Case Against the Treaty (1978), and The Sum of Good Government (1976). He has been the editor of other books and has contributed to numerous publications.
Crane also serves as a trustee for Hillsdale College, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ashbrook Center, as a director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and an advisor to the Young Americans for Freedom.
Congressman Crane is Vice Chairman of the full Ways and Means Committee. In that capacity he presides as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade and sits on the Subcommittee on Health. Crane is also a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation and was appointed by the Speaker of the House as one of the official advisors to U.S. delegations to international conferences, meetings and negotiation sessions relating to trade agreements.
In the 107th Congress, Congressman Crane continued his battle to fight for the American taxpayer. Congressman Crane has been active in helping the House pass the largest tax relief in 20 years. The tax relief bill passed by the 107th Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush, included many provisions that Congressman Crane has fought for. Some of Crane's priorities included in the bill were: eliminating the unfair Marriage Penalty, eliminating the Death Tax and providing income tax reform for all Americans.
Congressman Crane has had many other legislative successes in the 107th Congress. Two of Congressman Crane's tax credit proposals were also included in the President's Faith Based Initiative. Crane's proposal for energy transmission lines was also included in the Energy Bill. Both bills passed the House.
As Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Crane has long been a leader in the area of promoting free trade. In the 107th Congress, Crane was a leading force working to grant President Bush Trade Promotion Authority. Trade Promotion Authority is a key priority for the Bush Administration.
Crane oversaw the opening of new foreign markets for U.S. investments with the enactment of several other key pieces of trade legislation in the 106th Congress. Crane authored legislation that was signed into law to open trade barriers for countries in Africa and the Caribbean and he led the fight to grant China normal trade relations. Crane oversaw the opening of new foreign markets for U.S. investments. In recent years, Crane guided several key trade policies to successful passage in Congress, including the 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both of these trade packages have generated thousands of jobs in the U.S. and especially in the state of Illinois, which is the sixth largest export state.
Also gaining recognition for his actions that directly benefit the Eighth District, Crane fought to secure funds for the creation of a commuter rail service between Antioch and Franklin Park and to help defray the cost of floodgates in the Fox River, affecting the Chain O' Lakes region. Crane was also responsible for reauthorizing funds for the Des Plaines River Wetlands Project -- a joint effort between government and the private sector to help preserve and create wetland areas. Crane secured an additional $1.075 million for the Des Plaines Wetlands Demonstration Project, a major ecological project which has won international acclaim. He also secured $750,000 for a feasibility study for Phase II of the Des Plaines River Flood Control Project, $400,000 for planning, engineering, and design work on Phase I of the Project, and $150,000 for additional analytical work on Squaw Creek in central and western Lake County. Crane helped secure $35 million in funding for Chicagoland METRA projects including the North Central Line double tracking project that runs from Franklin Park through Cook and Lake counties to Antioch, Illinois.
Other highlights from the Congressman's tenure include serving on the Bicentennial Commission for the 200th Anniversary of the Constitution, legislating indexation of the personal exemption and standard deductions of federal income taxes and working as a long-time advocate of tax simplification and reform.