|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1985
|Preceded by||George E. Shipley|
|Succeeded by||Terry L. Bruce|
|Constituency||22nd district (1979–1983)|
19th district (1983–1985)
Daniel Bever Crane
January 10, 1936
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||May 28, 2019 (aged 83)|
Danville, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse||Judy Crane (1970–2012)|
|Relatives||Phil Crane (brother)|
|Education||Hillsdale College (BA)|
Indiana University, Indianapolis (DDS)
University of Michigan
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–1970|
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
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. Crane's military service included service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Crane was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1978. He was re-elected in 1980 and in 1982. During his House tenure, he represented Illinois's 22nd and 19th 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.
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 in 1980. He acknowledged the accuracy of the charges. The full House voted to censure Crane on July 20, 1983. Crane was defeated for re-election in 1984 and returned to the practice of dentistry.
- List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
- List of United States representatives expelled, censured, or reprimanded
- "Crane, Daniel Bever (1936-2019)". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2023.
- "2 Congressman Face Constituents' Judgment on Reports of Sex with Pages". The New York Times. July 16, 1983. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Dan Crane Goes to Congress". WashingtonPost.com. January 16, 1979.
- 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.
- Barone, Michael (1987). The Almanac of American Politics. p. 381.
- "Dr. Daniel B. Crane". CommercialNews.com. May 28, 2019.
- United States Congress. "Dan Crane (id: C000871)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Appearances on C-SPAN