Larry Edwin Craig

Larry Edwin Craig

Former American Republican politician
Date of Birth: 20.07.1945
Country: USA

Biography of Larry Edwin Craig

Larry Edwin Craig is a former American Republican politician and representative from Idaho. He served for 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 years in the U.S. Senate. Craig was born in Council, Idaho to Dorothy Lenore McCord and Elvin Oren Craig. He grew up on a ranch near Midvale, in Washington County.

In 1969, Craig obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho. He continued his studies at George Washington University for a while before returning to the family ranch. From 1970 to 1972, he served in the National Guard of the state and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class.

In 1983, Craig married Suzanne Thompson and they had three children together. Craig's political career extended beyond Congress. He served on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA) starting in 1983. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 2007.

On August 27, 2007, it was reported in the newspaper 'Roll Call' that Craig had been arrested for lewd behavior in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Initially, Craig attempted to prove that the charges against him were unfounded, but it soon became clear that this strategy would not be successful. Eventually, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

On September 1, 2007, Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate, but he later changed his mind and decided to complete his term. Despite his efforts to withdraw his guilty plea, it remained in effect.

Craig was first elected to the Idaho Senate in 1974 and was re-elected twice, in 1976 and 1978. In 1980, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the first district of Idaho. He was re-elected four times and served until 1991.

Craig held typical Republican positions and supported President Ronald Reagan's policies on the development of vocational education. In 1982, he was not implicated in rumors of a congressman's involvement in cocaine use and sex with teenagers. However, in 1989, Craig actively participated in the controversy surrounding Barney Frank, a member of the House of Representatives, who was involved in a scandal related to homosexual prostitution.