Summary

Michael Crapo was born in 1951 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Idaho. Senator Crapo’s seat will be up for election in 2022.

Crapo successfully ran for the Idaho Senate in 1984, where he served as Senate President pro tempore from 1988 until 1992. In 1992, he was elected to represent Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S House of Representatives. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1998 and was reelected in 2004, in 2010, and in 2016. He serves as the Chief Deputy Whip.

Senator Crapo is currently the Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee; the Budget Committee; and the Finance Committee.

Below is Senator Crapo’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish Community 

Senator Crapo opposed the Iran nuclear deal. He supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families. He cosponsored legislation objecting the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity.

Senator Crapo cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.

Senator Crapo opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aim to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.

In 2019, he voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/newsreleases/crapo-statement-on-iran-nuclear-deal

Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016

Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors

Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors

Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120