Dan Crane

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Daniel Bever Crane (born January 10, 1936) is a dentist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as a Republican congressman from 1979 to 1985. In 1983, he was censured by the House.[1]

Crane, a native of Cook County, Illinois, attended Chicago public schools, received his A.B. from Hillsdale College in 1958, graduated from Indiana University in 1963 with a degree in dentistry, and did graduate work at the University of Michigan in 1964-1965. Crane joined the United States Army in 1965, serving until 1970. After the Army, Crane set up practice as a dentist.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1978. He was re-elected in 1980 and in 1982.

On July 14, 1983, the House Ethics Committee recommended that Crane and Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA) be reprimanded for having engaged in sexual relationships with teenagers, specifically a 17-year-old male page for Studds and a 17-year-old female page for Crane. Both men acknowledged the accuracy of the charges. Crane had sexual relations with the girl in 1980.[2] The full House voted to censure the two men.[1] Crane was defeated for re-election in 1984 and returned to dentistry.

He is the brother of the late Philip Crane, also a former Republican congressman from Illinois. Both men maintained conservative voting records in Congress.

Personal life[edit]

Crane has a wife, Judy, and six children.[2]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George E. Shipley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Paul Simon
Preceded by
Tom Railsback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Terry L. Bruce