|Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee|
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||John Sparkman|
|Succeeded by||Charles H. Percy|
|Chair of the Senate Aging Committee|
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Harrison A. Williams|
|Succeeded by||Lawton Chiles|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Herman Welker|
|Succeeded by||Steve Symms|
|Born||Frank Forrester Church III|
July 25, 1924
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 1984 (aged 59)|
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Bethine Clark (1947–1984)|
|Children||2 (including Frank)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
• China Burma India Theater
Frank Forrester Church III (July 25, 1924 – April 7, 1984) was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Idaho from 1957 to 1981. He is known for heading the Church Committee, which investigated abuses in the United States Intelligence Community.
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Church served as a military intelligence officer in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. He established a legal practice in Boise after graduating from Stanford Law School. He defeated incumbent Republican Senator Herman Welker in Idaho's 1956 Senate election, becoming one of the youngest individuals ever to serve in the Senate. In the Senate, Church became a protégé of Lyndon B. Johnson and established a reputation as a member of the party's liberal wing. He sponsored the Wilderness Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Church emerged as an important figure in American foreign policy and chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1979 to 1981. He was one of the first Senators to publicly oppose the Vietnam War, and co-sponsored legislation to curtail the war. In 1975, Church led the Church Committee, which inspired the passage of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also led the effort to ratify the Torrijos–Carter Treaties, which returned the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.
Church sought the Democratic nomination in the 1976 presidential election, but withdrew from the race in favor of Jimmy Carter. Church won re-election to the Senate in 1962, 1968, and 1974, but narrowly lost his bid for a fifth term to Steve Symms. After leaving the Senate, Church practiced international law until his death in 1984.
- Ashby, LeRoy. "Frank Church Goes to the Senate: The Idaho Election of 1956." Pacific Northwest Quarterly 78 (January–April 1987): 17-31.
- Ashby, LeRoy, and Rod Gramer. Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1994.
- Church, F. Forrester. Father and Son: A Personal Biography of Senator Frank Church of Idaho by His Son'
- Dant, Sara. "Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness Movement." Pacific Historical Review 77 (May 2008): 237-272.
- Ewert, Sara E. Dant. "The Conversion of Senator Frank Church: Evolution of an Environmentalist." Ph.D. dissertation, Washington State University, 2000.
- Ewert, Sara E. Dant. "Evolution of an Environmentalist: Senator Frank Church and the Hells Canyon Controversy." Montana: The Magazine of Western History 51 (Spring 2001): 36-51.
- Ewert, Sara E. Dant. "Peak Park Politics: The Struggle over the Sawtooths, from Borah to Church." Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Summer 2000): 138-149.
- Hall, Bill. Frank Church, D.C., and Me. Pullman, Washington: Washington State University Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-87422-119-0
- Frank Church at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Encyclopedia of World Biography – Frank Forrester Church III
- Boise State University -The Frank Church Institute
- Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness (PDF) - user's guide
- Boise High School's Hall of Fame
- Morris Hill Cemetery - Boise, ID - Walking Tour
- Frank Church at Find a Grave
- Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute – Frank and Bethine Church
- Frank Church for President – 1976 campaign brochure
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|Party political offices|
David Worth Clark
|Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Idaho
1956, 1962, 1968, 1974, 1980
John V. Evans
Frank G. Clement
|Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
John O. Pastore
|Response to the State of the Union address
Served alongside: Carl Albert, Lloyd Bentsen, Hale Boggs, John Brademas, Thomas Eagleton, Martha Griffiths, John Melcher, Ralph Metcalfe, William Proxmire, Leonor Sullivan
Title next held byMike Mansfield
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
Served alongside: Henry Dworshak, Leonard B. Jordan, James A. McClure
|Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Charles H. Percy
Harrison A. Williams
|Chair of the Senate Aging Committee
|New office||Chair of the Senate National Emergency Termination Committee
|Chair of the Church Committee
as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
|Baby of the Senate
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