Judges are not politicians, and hopefully, Judge Alito's nomination will put an end to the politics which have crept into the nomination process." The Constitution gives the President the right to make nominations to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
As part of its role in this process, the Senate may, at its discretion, withhold consent.
His brother Terry Crapo served in Idaho House of Representatives for four years as majority leader (1968 to 1972) and was considered a rising star in Idaho politics.
Following his brother Terry's death from leukemia in 1982, Mike ran for an open seat in the Idaho Senate.
He co-chairs the Senate Nuclear Caucus, the Canada-U. Inter-parliamentary Group (IPG); the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Caucus, which he founded; and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.
Crapo became the state's senior senator when the 111th United States Congress convened on January 3, 2009, succeeding Larry Craig, who decided not to seek re-election.
Crapo was elected to an open seat in Congress in 1992, representing Idaho's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
After three terms in the House, he ran for the open seat in the U. Senate in 1998 when Dirk Kempthorne vacated it to run for Idaho Governor.
In October 2016, after the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording came to light, Crapo said he would not be voting for the Republican presidential nominee.
In the 111th Congress, Crapo served on the following Senate committees: Banking, Housing and Urban Development; Budget; Environment and Public Works; Indian Affairs; and Finance.