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Richard D. Crandall, known as Rich Crandall (born 1967), is a businessman, former Arizona legislator, and former director of the Wyoming Department of Education.

Richard D. "Rich" Crandall
Chair/Founder, CN Resource, LLC
State Senator from Mesa, Arizona
In office
2011 – July 2013
Succeeded byDave Farnsworth
Personal details
BornSept. 13, 1967
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Leann Larson Crandall
ChildrenThirteen children
Alma materBrigham Young University
University of Notre Dame



Crandall was born in Santa Barbara, CA. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He is a Certified Public Accountant.


Arizona lawmakerEdit

Crandall is a moderate Republican a former member of the Arizona State Senate and Arizona House of Representatives. Elected in 2007 to the House and 2010 to the Senate, he resigned in 2013 to accept a position in Wyoming.

Wyoming Department of EducationEdit

Crandall was director of the Wyoming Department of Education, based in the capital city of Cheyenne, Wyoming from August 2013 to April 2014. The position of Director was dissolved when the Wyoming Supreme Court, in a three-to-two vote on 28 January 2014, ruled the legislation that created the position unconstitutional. The court ruled that the law removing the duties of the superintendent of public instruction and placing them into the hands of an appointed director conflicts with the Wyoming State Constitution. Written by Justice E. James Burke and supported by Michael K. Davis and Barton Voigt, the Supreme Court opinion said that while the legislature can legally adjust the powers of the superintendent, it cannot undermine the constitutional authority of the office itself in the general supervision of public schools. Governor Mead, meanwhile, through the appointed Attorney General Peter K. Michael, appealed for a rehearing.[1] The court ruled Crandall's director position as unconstitutional.

Education Commissioner of ColoradoEdit

He was appointed the Education Commissioner of Colorado in December 2015.[2] Crandall resigned his position as Colorado's Commissioner of Education on May 19, 2016, a mere four months into the job.[3]


Crandall is the founder and chair of CN Resource and is also the CFO/partner for Crandall Corporate Dietitians. He currently serves on the board of directors of digital marketing firm ChannelNet.


He is member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is married to Leann Larson Crandall and together they have 13 children (seven from his first marriage to Patrice Webb and six from his second marriage). They are named Santana, Nicole, Melissa, Camille, Jordan, Allyson, Kathryn, Brianne, Savanna, Rhett, Benjamin And Allie [4]


  1. ^ "State asks court to reconsider Hill ruling". Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Former Arizona lawmaker, Wyoming schools chief is pick for Colorado education commissioner". Retrieved Aug 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "News Release - Colorado Education Commissioner steps down". Retrieved Aug 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Crandall