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Sen. Larry Craig

Former Senator for Idaho

Craig was a senator from Idaho and was a Republican. He served from 1991 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1981 to 1990.

Misconduct

In 2007 Craig pleaded guilty to using his status to receive special treatment and using campaign funds to pay legal expenses stemming from an arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished the senator on both counts. In 2007, Senator Craig was arrested for lewd conduct, pleaded to disorderly conduct and subsequently attempted to withdraw his guilty plea. He retired at the end of his term in 2008 and as of 2016 has been ordered to personally pay for legal fees incurred that had previously been paid with campaign funds.

2007 Senator Craig was arrested for lewd conduct pleaded to disorderly conduct and subsequently attempted to withdraw his guilty plea. He retired at the end of his term in 2008 and as of 2016 has been ordered to personally pay for legal fees incurred that had previously been paid with campaign funds.
Feb. 13, 2008 Senate Select Committee on Ethics admonished the senator on both counts
Photo of Sen. Larry Craig [R-ID, 1991-2008]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Craig is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Craig sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Craig was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Craig sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Law (13%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Social Welfare (12%) Health (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Families (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Craig’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Craig’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 2642 (110th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008
Jun 26, 2008. Motion Agreed to 92/6.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of Congress which became law on June 30, 2008. The act amended Part III of Title 38, United States Code to ...
Yea H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
Yea H.R. 6 (110th): Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Jun 21, 2007. Bill Passed 65/27.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140 originally named the Clean Energy Act of 2007) is an Act of Congress concerning the energy policy of the United States. As part of the Democratic Party's 100-Hour Plan during the 110th Congress, it was ...
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2008, Craig missed 86 of 6,087 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: