Larry Craig

From Midvale to the Senate, A look at Larry Craig's rise to power

Young Larry Craig from his school days in Midvale.July 20, 1945: Born to Dorothy Lenore McCord and Elvin Oren Craig on family ranch near Midvale, homesteaded by his grandfather in 1899.

1964: Graduates from Midvale High.

1966-67: Serves as Future Farmers of America national vice president.

1969: Receives bachelor's degree in political science from University of Idaho; student body president.

1970-1972: Member of the Idaho National Guard.

1974-1980: Serves three terms in Idaho state Senate.

1981-1991: Serves five terms in U.S. Congress.

July 1982: Pre-emptively denies involvement in congressional page scandal.

July 1983: Marries Suzanne (Thompson) Scott. Adopts her three children from a previous marriage, sons Mike and Jay and daughter Shae.

1983-present: Serves on National Rifle Association board of directors.

1990-2007: Elected to three terms in U.S. Senate. Serves on Appropriations, Aging, Energy, Environment and Veterans Affairs committees and 11 subcommittees.

1995: Forms "The Singing Senators" quartet.

1996-2003: Chairs Senate Republican Policy Committee.

1999: Criticizes President Bill Clinton on NBC's "Meet the Press" for the Monica Lewinsky scandal, calling Clinton a "nasty, bad, naughty boy."

2000: Joins with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Clinton administration to provide payments to timber-dependent counties suffering lost timber revenue.

2002: Votes against bill to extend federal definition of hate crimes to cover sexual orientation.

May 2003: Puts hold on 212 Air Force promotions to pressure the military for new C-130 cargo planes at Gowen Field.

2004, 2006: Cosponsors constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriages; both fail.

2005: Spearheads passage of energy act, which authorized new nuclear reactor for Idaho National Laboratory; it could be built by 2016.

April 2005: Sponsors bill to give legal status to estimated 500,000 undocumented workers; it fails.

August 2005: Vice President Dick Cheney visits Boise to celebrate Craig's 60th birthday and raise money for Craig's 2008 bid.

March 2006: Mentioned as possible candidate to succeed Secretary of Interior Gale Norton.

Fall 2006: Sponsors successful land-swap bill to put developable state Foothills land in federal ownership.

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