Slade Gorton is a former U.S. senator (1981-87 and 1989-2001) and a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Senator Gorton is currently a Counselor at the National Bureau of Asian Research.
His years in the Senate saw him appointed to powerful committee posts, including Appropriations; Budget; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Energy and Natural Resources. He served as the chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee (1995-2001), the Commerce Subcommittees on Consumer Affairs (1995-99), and the Aviation Committee (1999-2000). He was also a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the majority leader (1996-2000).
Senator Gorton began his political career in 1958 as a Washington state representative, and he went on to serve as state House majority leader. In 1968, he was elected attorney general of Washington State, in which capacity he argued fourteen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In June 1980, Senator Gorton received the Wyman Award, the highest honor accorded by the National Association of Attorneys General.
Senator Gorton also served on the president's Consumer Advisory Council (1975-77) and on the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (1969-81). He was chairman of the Washington State Law & Justice Commission (1969-76) and served as an instructor in constitutional law to public administration graduate students at the University of Puget Sound.
Senator Gorton received his BA from Dartmouth College and his JD from Columbia Law School.