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Legislature ReCalls Sen. Jim McClure

Jim McClure’s widow, Louise, was in the VIP gallery for Monday’s memorial, along with their son, Ken, and daughter-in-law Sally. McClure (pictured in 1994 AP file photoserved in the Idaho Senate from 1960-66 and 24 years in Congress, rising to chair of the Energy Committee. He died in February 2011 at the age of 86, after a series of strokes. Also remembered Monday were late-Sens. Kenneth Bradshaw, Vearl Crystal, Don Mackin, “Is” Merrill and William Crutcher. Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, noted McClure’s humility, hard work and humor, including a potato anecdote involving Sen. Ed Muskie, D-Maine. McClure and Muskie were discussing how students were let out of school during harvest. McClure said Idaho students had to reach junior high before they could enter the fields. “Idaho potatoes are so big it would hurt the smaller children to lift them,” he told Muskie/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you remember Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim McClure?

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Former Senator McClure Suffers Stroke

Item: Former Idaho Sen. Jim McClure suffers stroke/Idaho Statesman More Info: Former Sen. Jim McClure, who represented Idaho in Congress for 24 years, suffered a stroke on Friday and is in the intensive care unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. McClure, 83, was stricken at home in Garden City, according to his son, Ken, a prominent lawyer in Boise. Early Saturday, doctors diagnosed the stroke, Ken McClure said Tuesday. Question: How many of you remember McClure from his U.S. Senate days?

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