Dale J. Crafts was born on December 14, 1958 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and quickly moved to Maine one month later. Dale was raised in Lisbon and attended the Lisbon area schools, graduating from Lisbon High School in 1978. He played sports of all kinds through his schools years, leading him to co-captain of the Lisbon High School football team in 1977-78.
On May 6, 1983, Dale was traveling to pick up some auto parts at R.I. Mitchell on his motorcycle, when an elderly man turned in front of him causing an accident. This resulted in Dale becoming a paraplegic. Through this circumstance, he was inspired to start Mobility Plus, a research and development company focused on providing opportunities for paraplegics to drive once again. Within months after his accident, he had taken a driver’s retraining course and obtained a specially adapted vehicle. As Dale likes to say, he is independent today simply because he can drive. Through Mobility Plus, he has been able to help many physically challenged people regain their mobile independence, both locally and internationally.
Dale is the father of 6 children and 14 grandchildren. He loves spending his time with his family, friends, and outdoor activities. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. In 1993, Dale made the top ten biggest bucks in Maine list, tagging a 10-point buck dressed at 265 lbs. He has also hunted and shot many other deer, bear, and moose.
Crafts is a former Republican member of the Maine State House of Representatives, representing District 56 from 2008 to 2016. Crafts served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. He also co-chaired the Legislative Prayer Caucus from 2006-2016. In addition, Dale has held offices in his hometown of Lisbon, Maine. From 2006-2009, he served as a member of the Lisbon Town Council. He was the Vice Chair of the Lisbon Republican Party in 1997 and again, in 2016 through the present. Crafts has also been a member of the Revitalization Committee, the Revolving Loan Committee, and the Advisory Board in the Town of Lisbon. While serving as a Representative, Crafts was an elected Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008, 2012, & 2016.