Crapo launches new Senate website, leads race for hippest Idaho lawmaker

GOP Sen. Mike Crapo may be the senior member of the Idaho delegation, but he’s long focused on his Web presence and is leading the way in social media.

Crapo launched a website upgrade Wednesday with updated graphics, integrated social media and an improved “Action Center” that makes it easy to email Crapo, sign up for tele-townhalls, subscribe to his e-newsletter, scrutinize votes, request flags, make tour requests and seek his intervention with federal agencies. The upgrade also allows viewers to scroll through photos, videos,Facebook updates and Crapo’s Twitter feed, which has over 3,000 followers.

“My goal is to stay in constant contact with Idahoans and provide them with up-to-date information in an efficient way,” Crapo said in a news release announcing the upgrade.  “The previous website served Idahoans well, but with changing technology, we recognized the need for an improved site.  The new website is graphically appealing, functional and helpful to the people of Idaho.  I encourage Idahoans to explore the new site and continue to provide comments and suggestions on how my website can better serve them.”

The site includes a banner with a smiling Crapo and a slide show of lush photographs of Idaho, including Downtown Boise, Lower Stanley, the Sawtooths, a mountain stream and a field at the base of the Tetons.

Crapo, 61, was elected to the U.S. House in 1992, after serving eight years in the Idaho Senate. In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and re-elected in 2004 and 2010. After he pleaded guilty to a DUI in January, Crapo told the Statesman he plans to run for a fourth term in 2016. Crapo’s office has earlier won awards for web design.



Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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