Former U.S. Sen. James McClure, who spent six years as chairman of the Energy Committee and fought to keep Idaho's wilderness areas controlled by the state, has died. He was 86.
The McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho says the Republican died Saturday. His family says he died of complications from a series of strokes.
McClure earned a reputation as a nuts-and-bolts legislative craftsman during his 24 years in Congress, and was genial but reserved among most colleagues.
He began his political career in the Idaho Senate in 1961, and was elected to the U.S. House in 1966, staying there until his election to the Senate in 1972.
McClure retired from Congress in 1991 at the age of 72, becoming a lobbyist and mining consultant.