The University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research was launched in 2007 and has become Idaho's most trusted and preeminent public policy research entity. A champion for state water rights and a nationally recognized leader in energy and natural resource policy, Senator McClure earned the respect of his colleagues for his thoughtful pursuit and promotion of bipartisan collaboration leading to the enactment and execution of sound public policy. The McClure Center’s collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to addressing society’s complex challenges sustains Senator and Louise McClure’s remarkable legacy.
Senator McClure was renowned for his attention to detail, digestion of policy implications and nonpartisan approach. Louise McClure always aspired to make a difference and was admired for her leadership, commitment to public service, intellect and grace. Together, Jim and Louise inspired and championed the foundations of the McClure Center: conducting research with the utmost integrity, fostering young leaders, making a difference in Idaho and Idaho communities and tackling pressing issues with evidence, a nonpartisan approach and impartiality.
These qualities form the McClure Center’s foundation. As the McClure Center celebrates and enters a new phase, endeavoring to advance the University’s world-class research to inform public dialogue and policy for the state, region, nation and world.