The Associated Press reported late today that James McClure, who represented Idaho in Congress for nearly a quarter of a century, died Saturday. He was 86.
A native of Payette, McClure spent practically his entire professional career in public life. After graduating from Payette High School, he joined the Navy, serving during World War II. McClure was a graduate of the University of Idaho law school. He served as a prosecutor for the City of Payette and Payette County and then went on to be elected to the Idaho State Senate. In 1966, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served three terms. He was elected to the U.S. Sentate in 1972, where he served for 18 years.
In 2001, the U.S. Courthouse in Boise was named after McClure.