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  Craig, Larry E.
NameLarry E. Craig
Address904 Jefferson St.
Boise, Idaho 83701, United States
Born July 20, 1945 (75 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedBarack O-blame-a
Jan 05, 2012 04:54pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Christian - Methodist - Protestant - Disputed -
InfoLarry Edwin Craig

Larry Craig was born and raised in Midvale, Idaho. Son of Elvin and Dorothy Craig, Larry worked on the family ranch until he went to the University of Idaho where he became student body president.

Much of what has become Larry's core values were shaped during his time on the family ranch. Hard work. Love of family, love of country, and a desire to give something back to a community, to a state, to a nation that have given he and his family so much.

While still on the ranch in Midvale, Larry was elected to the Idaho Senate in1974 where he served three terms. As a member of the State Senate he caught the eye of voters in the 1st Congressional District in 1980 when he was voted to the U.S. House for the first of five terms.

In 1990 when his good friend Senator James McClure retired, he encouraged Larry to run for his U.S. Senate seat. He won. And he won again in 1996. And today he serves in the leadership of the United States Senate as the Republican Policy Chairman.

Senator Craig was born on the family ranch near Midvale, Idaho, which was homesteaded in 1899 by his grandfather. He later served as the Idaho State President and National Vice-President of the Future Farmers of America.

After graduating from the University of Idaho where he served as Student Body President and was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, he pursued graduate studies before returning to the family ranching business in 1971.

In 1974, the people of Payette and Washington counties sent Senator Craig to the Idaho State Senate, where he served three terms before winning the 1980 race for Idaho's First District Congressional Seat. He was re-elected four times before winning the U.S. Senate election in 1990 and was re-elected to the Senate in 1996 and 2002.

Senator Craig served as chairman of the Steering Committee, a legislative "think tank" and action group for Senate conservatives. He was the youngest senator ever elected to that position.

Senator Craig quickly rose to the fourth highest Senate leadership position in his first term, when his colleagues elected him Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He was re-elected to that position in the 106th and 107th Congresses. The Committee is responsible for developing policy positions for Senate Republicans.

Senator Craig is currently the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and a member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Energy, the Subcommittee on Water and Power, and as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.

With his appointment to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Craig oversees funding on the following subcommittees: Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development; Homeland Security; Labor, HHS, and Education; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Interior and Related Agencies, where he serves as the Ranking Member. He is also a member of the Special Committee on Aging, which he chaired during the 107th and 108th Congresses, and the Committee on Environment and Public Works, where he serves on the Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, and Children's Health Protection Subcommittee and the Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee.

In addition to his committee memberships, Senator Craig sits on a number of caucuses that work for issues important to Idaho, including: Air Force; Diabetes; Congressional Sportsmen's; Senate Sweetener; WTO for Farmers and Ranchers; Congressional Potato; National Congressional Award Board of Directors; Idaho Safe Kids Coalition (Honorary Co-Chair); the Western States Senate Coalition; Education Advisory Committee to the National Youth Leadership Conference. He serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and helped to found and lead the CCAI, an institute working on adoption issues...

As a Westerner and a former rancher, Senator Craig plays a leading role in the formation of natural resource and energy policies, and he has gained a national reputation as a stalwart against environmental extremism. He is also one of America's foremost defenders of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

He is married to the former Suzanne Thompson. They have three children: two sons, Mike and Jay, a daughter, Shae, and nine beautiful grandchildren.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
08/28/2007-08/28/2007 Survey USA 34.00% ( 26.0) 58.00% ( 26.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)
11/08/2006-11/11/2006 Survey USA 60.00% ( 2.0) 32.00% ( 3.0) 8.00% ( 1.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 58.00% ( 2.0) 35.00% ( 2.0) 7.00% ( 4.0)
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 56.00% ( 2.0) 33.00% ( 5.0) 11.00% ( 3.0)
06/10/2005-06/12/2005 Survey USA 58.00% ( 0.0) 28.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
May 29, 2008 03:00pm News Craig to Pen Book Detailing Bathroom Incident at Airport  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 26, 2008 01:55pm Press Release [U.S. Sen. Larry] Craig Accepting Applications for Summer Interns  Article Servo 
Jan 08, 2008 10:00pm Scandal Sen. Craig: Hand Signals Protected Speech  Article RP 
Dec 05, 2007 07:00pm News Larry Craig, Now a Verb in Pop-Culture Lexicon  Article ArmyDem 
Dec 03, 2007 11:25am News US Senator denies new gay sex claims  Article The Sunset Provision 
Dec 02, 2007 02:00pm News More gay men describe sexual encounters with U.S. Sen. Craig  Article Ralphie 

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