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Sen. James McClure

Former Senator for Idaho

McClure was a senator from Idaho and was a Republican. He served from 1973 to 1990.

He was previously the representative for Idaho’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1967 to 1972.

Photo of Sen. James McClure [R-ID, 1973-1990]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

McClure is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1990 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills McClure sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 28, 1990. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

McClure was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 42 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McClure sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (25%) Energy (22%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Agriculture and Food (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Water Resources Development (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

McClure recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Oct 1990, McClure missed 918 of 8,464 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 4.6% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1990. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: