Representative, Senator James Albertus MCCLURE

YEARS 1924- 2011
OFFICE Representative, Senator
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 90th (1967-1969), 91st (1969-1971), 92nd (1971-1973), 93rd (1973-1975), 94th (1975-1977), 95th (1977-1979), 96th (1979-1981), 97th (1981-1983), 98th (1983-1985), 99th (1985-1987), 100th (1987-1989), 101st (1989-1991)

Representative, Senator James Albertus MCCLURE Biography

McCLURE, James Albertus, a Representative and a Senator from Idaho; born in Payette, Payette County, Idaho, December 27, 1924; attended the public schools of Payette, Idaho; United States Navy 1942-1946; graduated, University of Idaho College of Law 1950; admitted to the bar in 1950 and commenced practice in Payette, Idaho; prosecuting attorney of Payette County 1950-1956; city attorney of Payette 1953-1966; member, State senate 1961-1966; member of the Payette County Central Committee for fifteen years; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1973); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected in 1972 to the United States Senate; reelected in 1978 and again in 1984 and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1991; not a candidate for reelection in 1990; chairman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-ninth Congresses), Senate Republican Conference chairman (1981-1985); engaged in mining consulting business in Washington, DC; was a resident of Garden City, Idaho, at the time of his death on February 26, 2011. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Boise State University Library Boise, ID Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid. Gerald R. Ford Library Ann Arbor, MI Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid. Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: In Idaho Commission of Federal Land Laws records, 1969-1971. University of Idaho Library Special Collections Moscow, ID Papers: 1965-1990. 1,500 cubic feet. Chiefly congressional papers and correspondence; photographs; portraits; motion picture film; microfilm; videotape; sound recordings; and memorabilia with particular emphasis on both local and national natural resource policies and administration and the economic development of Idaho. Open for research in January 1996. University of Virginia Alderman Library Charlottesville, VA Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.


McClure, James. “Energy: A Positive Approach.” In A Changing America: Conservatives View the ’80s From the United States Senate, edited by Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson, pp. 81-102. South Bend, IN: Reg- nery/Gateway, 1980. Smallwood, William L. McClure of Idaho. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Press, 2007.

James Albertus MCCLURE Committee Assignments

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