Dan Crane

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Dan Crane
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byGeorge E. Shipley
Succeeded byTerry L. Bruce
Constituency22nd district (1979–1983)
19th district (1983–1985)
Personal details
Daniel Bever Crane

(1936-01-10)January 10, 1936
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 28, 2019(2019-05-28) (aged 83)
Danville, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJudy Crane (1970–2012)
RelativesPhil Crane (brother)
EducationHillsdale College (BA)
Indiana University, Indianapolis (DDS)
University of Michigan
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1967–1970
Battles/warsVietnam War

Daniel Bever Crane (January 10, 1936 – May 28, 2019) was an American dentist and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. A Republican, he served in the House from 1979 to 1985. In 1983, Crane was censured by the House for having sex with a 17-year-old page.

Early life, education, and military service[edit]

Crane, a native of Cook County, Illinois, was born on January 10, 1936. Crane attended Chicago public schools. He received his B.A. from Hillsdale College in 1958 and his D.D.S. from Indiana University in 1963. After doing graduate work at the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1965, Crane joined the United States Army in 1967, serving until 1970.[1] Crane's military service included service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.[2]


Crane was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1978. He was re-elected in 1980 and in 1982.[1] During his House tenure, he represented Illinois's 22nd[3] and 19th[2] congressional districts, respectively. According to The New York Times, in his campaigns, Crane "portrayed himself as a solid, churchgoing, family man, a conservative Republican who set himself apart from what he described as the fast-living 'Washington set'". Crane supported prayer in schools and opposed abortion rights.[2]

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. Crane had engaged in sex with a 17-year-old female House page[4] in 1980. He acknowledged the accuracy of the charges.[2] The full House voted to censure Crane on July 20, 1983.[1] Crane was defeated for re-election in 1984[5] and returned to the practice of dentistry.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Crane was the brother of Philip Crane, also a Republican congressman from Illinois.[1]

Crane married his wife, Judy, in 1970.[6] The couple had six children.[2] Judy Crane died in 2012. Crane died on May 28, 2019, at the age of 83.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Crane, Daniel Bever (1936-2019)". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e "2 Congressman Face Constituents' Judgment on Reports of Sex with Pages". The New York Times. July 16, 1983. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dan Crane Goes to Congress". WashingtonPost.com. January 16, 1979.
  4. ^ Roberts, Steven V. (1983-07-21). "HOUSE CENSURES CRANE AND STUDDS FOR SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH PAGES". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  5. ^ Barone, Michael (1987). The Almanac of American Politics. p. 381.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Daniel B. Crane". CommercialNews.com. May 28, 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 22nd congressional district

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

Succeeded by