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.

By Gage Skidmore

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.

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 Follow on Twitter: @LStewNews.


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