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Slade Gorton

Senior Fellow; Former Senator from Washington

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Slade Gorton is a BPC senior fellow and previously served as a co-chair of its National Transportation Policy Project. He was a senator from Washington State from 1981 until 1987, and again from 1989 until 2001.

In 2002, he became a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (popularly known as the 9/11 Commission) and the commission issued its final report in 2004. He currently works at the law firm of K&L Gates.

Gorton served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1959-1969, and was the majority leader from 1967-1969. He was the Washington State attorney general from 1969-1981.

In between serving in both the U.S. Army and Air Force, he received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Columbia University.