In honor of Frank, the Frank Martin Cushing Public Policy Scholarship Endowment has been established through the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.  

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University of Idaho Foundation
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Contact & Location

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The James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research

Physical & Mailing Address:
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Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 364-4549
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About Frank Cushing

Frank Martin Cushing

Frank Cushing

April 9, 1952 – February 6, 2012

 
"Frank Cushing was the consummate Vandal.  He gave of his time and treasure to support the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.  His knowledge about the legislative process and funding was unmatched and he used that knowledge on behalf of the University of Idaho. It was my very great privilege to call him a friend."  
- Dean Katherine Aiken



Widely respected for his deep faith, integrity, and love of family and country, Frank Cushing left an indelible mark in public policy through more than 30 years of public service in the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and Washington, D.C. business community. Cushing was widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Washington concerning the congressional appropriations and federal budget processes.

Cushing graduated from the University of Idaho in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and completed graduate level work in public policy administration at the University of Idaho and Boise State University in 1974-75. He came to Washington D.C. in 1977 to work as a legislative assistant for Senator James McClure of Idaho. Cushing served as clerk of the Senate Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for Chairman McClure from 1981-84 under full committee Chairman Mark Hatfield of Oregon, and as staff director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee under Chairman McClure from 1984-91.

Following a three-year stint as Corporate Vice President of a Fortune 50 energy firm, Cushing returned to Capitol Hill in 1995 to serve as Clerk and Staff Director of the House Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development (VA-HUD) and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for then Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis of California under full Committee Chairman Bob Livingston of Louisiana. He left the Hill in 2003 to become a partner at a firm specializing in appropriations consulting but returned to the House in 2005 as the Clerk and Staff Director of the full House Appropriations Committee under newly elected Chairman Lewis. Cushing was the twelfth Clerk and Staff Director of the House Appropriations Committee in U.S. history and today his portrait hangs in the U.S. Capitol with his predecessors dating back to 1865.

Cushing retired from the Hill in 2008 to become a partner in a D.C. law and consulting firm where he devoted his time and energy to public policy, particularly relating to funding for science and education. His integrity, compassion, pragmatism, and masterful political skills were admired by House Members, Senators, and staff on both sides of the aisle. Cushing also served as an At-Large Trustee of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.

In honor of Frank, the Frank Martin Cushing Public Policy Scholarship Endowment has been established through the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.