GORTON, Thomas Slade (Slade), III (1928-2020)
Senate Years of Service: 1981-1987; 1989-2001

GORTON, THOMAS SLADE (SLADE), III, A Senator from Washington; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 8, 1928; attended public schools in Evanston, Ill.; graduated, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1950, Columbia University Law School, New York City 1953; served in the United States Army 1945-1946, United States Air Force, lieutenant, 1953-1956, United States Air Force Reserve, colonel, 1956-1980; admitted to the Washington State bar in 1953 and commenced practice in Seattle; served in the Washington State house of representatives 1959-1969, majority leader 1967-1969; Washington State attorney general 1969-1981; member, President's Consumer Advisory Council 1975-1977; member, Washington State Law and Justice Commission 1969-1980; member, State Criminal Justice Training Commission 1969-1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980, and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1986; resumed the practice of law; elected again as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1988; reelected in 1994 and served from January 3, 1989, to January 3, 2001; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2000; member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9-11 Commission) 2003-2004; was a resident of Seattle, Washington, until his death on August 19, 2020.

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives
Seattle, WA
Papers: 1981- 2000. Ca. 1246 cubic feet. Senatorial papers documenting natural resource issues including salmon recovery and the Hanford nuclear reservation; prescription drugs; and international trade. Closed.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Joan Thomas papers, 1946-1972. Finding aid.