Legacy of Leading Award Gala | April 2, 2009
Senator James A. McClure’s life stands as a model of public service and leadership at the state and national levels. To honor his lifetime of contributions and achievements, the University of Idaho bestowed upon McClure the institution’s inaugural Legacy of Leading Award during a gala event in Boise on Thursday, April 2, 2009.
“Senator McClure and his wife, Louise, are by any measure among the first and best citizens of Idaho,” said University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laursen. “He has been a model servant of the people of this state and the nation through his exemplary career of leadership. His tireless work for the people of Idaho, and for his alma mater, the University of Idaho, has inspired many people to follow in his footsteps of civic engagement, action and service. We are honored to recognize his efforts.”
McClure is the first recipient of the Legacy of Leading Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to their communities or society in general. More than 500 alumni, friends and state leadership gathered to share in the celebration on April 2 in Boise.
Senator McClure served three terms in the United States House of Representatives for the State of Idaho before moving to the United States Senate in 1973. He served Idaho as a senator for 18 years before retiring in 1991 at the age of 66. After leaving the Senate, he became a mining consultant and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., founding the firm of McClure, Gerard and Neuenschwander.
Senator McClure graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1950 and in 1995 the College of Mines and Earth Resources at the University was dedicated as James A. McClure Hall. Senator McClure also received the Distinguished Idahoan Award from the University of Idaho Alumni Association in 1995, and an Honorary Degree in 1981. On December 12, 2001, the Federal Building and U.S. Court House in Boise was renamed for Senator McClure. In 2007 the University of Idaho recognized Senator McClure and his wife Louise for their significant contributions to the university, state and nation by renaming its Bureau of Public Affairs Research the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.