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 enactment and execution of sound public policy. The McClure Center’s collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to addressing society’s complex challenges sustains Senator McClure’s remarkable legacy.
Senator McClure was renowned for his attention to detail, digestion of policy implications, and nonpartisan approach. These qualities form the Center’s foundation. As the Center celebrates ten years, it is entering 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.