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Edit: McClure Was There For Church

As former U.S. Sen. Frank Church was dying of pancreatic cancer in early 1984, his former seat mate, Sen. Jim McClure, introduced a bill renaming the massive 2.366 million-acre River of No Return Wilderness in his honor. Church was a Democrat. McClure was a Republican. They didn't always agree. But McClure recognized in his fellow Idahoan a man who was willing to risk his political hide to make a difference. Like McClure, Church was a true legislator - someone who paid attention to details. Both were men of purpose. They went to Washington, D.C., to accomplish things - not simply to occupy a suite of offices on Capitol Hill or cast safe votes. McClure worked diligently. He introduced the bill in February. By March 14, President Ronald Reagan had signed it into law - just weeks before Church died at the age of 59 on April 7. Fifty years after Church steered the National Wilderness Act of 1964 to passage, "the Frank" remains the monument that keeps his legacy alive. McClure was there for Church. Who's been there for McClure?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How many knew U.S. Sen. Jim McClure well?




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