Goldwater Jr. to speak at Lincoln Day banquet in Canyon County By LIS STEWART email@example.com Feb 14, 2017 (…) By Gage Skidmore Barry Goldwater Jr. speaking Oct. 14, 2016, at the Goldwater Dinner hosted by the Goldwater Institute at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. Creative commons license. NAMPA — A former California politician and son of presidential nominee Barry Goldwater will speak at the Canyon County Lincoln Day Banquet.Barry Goldwater Jr., who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983, is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the event at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S.“We’ve never had a national speaker here, so we’re excited about that,” said Melinda Smyser, chairwoman for the event. Story continues below video × Advertisement Goldwater Jr. served in Congress at the same time as his father, a senator from Arizona.When his father ran for the presidency in 1964, Goldwater Jr. campaigned for him, according to a biography on Goldwater Jr.’s website. Although his father lost by a landslide to Lyndon B. Johnson, Goldwater Jr. said the experience impacted his desire to go into public service.At the age of 30, Goldwater Jr. ran for Congress and won. He served for the next 14 years on committees responsible for crafting policy on science, technology, energy, public works and transportation.A stockbroker before he entered politics, Goldwater Jr. returned to the private business world when he left Congress. Smyser said Goldwater Jr. was contacted to speak at the Lincoln banquet because of his business ties to Idaho.The Lincoln dinner is a yearly celebration for Republicans around the country, honoring Abraham Lincoln as the first elected Republican president as well as other presidents.Local and state political leaders will be in attendance at the Canyon County banquet, giving constituents a chance to rub shoulders with their leaders and discuss what is important to them, Smyser said.In addition to Goldwater Jr.’s speech, David H. Leroy, former lieutenant governor and attorney general for Idaho, will speak. Leroy is the author of a book about Lincoln and chairman of the 2009 Governors Council of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Smyser said Leroy will talk briefly about what he thinks Lincoln would say to President Donald Trump. Lis Stewart is the Nampa and business reporter. She can be reached at 465-8193 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @LStewNews. More from this section Meridian OKs joint fire agreement, Nampa shoots it down Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Early voting starts Monday in Ada County Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 Guest opinion: Support gender inclusive facilities in schools Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 13-year-old guitarist finds his groove at local venues Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Meridian Schools Clinic reaches 3rd anniversary Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Tags Barry Goldwater Jr. Canyon County Republican Party Lincoln Day Banquet Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!