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Statement by Dirk Kempthorne on Senator Jim McClure

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ACLI President & CEO Dirk Kempthorne* issued the following statement today on the passing of former U.S. Senator Jim McClure:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Patricia and I are deeply saddened by Senator Jim McClure's death.  Jim was an Idaho patriarch who stood as tall as the Sawtooth Mountains in shaping Idaho's history and its future.  I have known Jim since my days as a student at the University of Idaho.  He chaired my election committee to the U.S. Senate, and he was a tremendous mentor.  I valued and marveled at Jim's uncanny ability to make complex issues understandable for all of us. Jim and Louise McClure served as wonderful role models to many couples, including Patricia and me.  I have lost a great friend.  Idaho has lost a favorite son." 

*Gov. Kempthorne's bio can be viewed at

SOURCE American Council of Life Insurers