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Brock Adams

Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 13, 1927
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
Date of deathSeptember 10, 2004(age 77)
Place of deathStevensville, Maryland
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseMary Elizabeth Adams
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Harvard Law School
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1944-1946
In officeJanuary 3, 1987 - January 3, 1993
Succeeded byPatty Murray
Preceded bySlade Gorton
5th United States Secretary of Transportation
In officeJanuary 23, 1977 - July 20, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
Succeeded byNeil Goldschmidt
Preceded byWilliam Thaddeus Coleman, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1965 - January 22, 1977
Succeeded byJohn E. Cunningham
Preceded byK. William Stinson

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Brockman "Brock" Adams (January 13, 1927 - September 10, 2004) was an American politician and member of Congress. Adams was a Democrat from Washington and served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, and United States Secretary of Transportation before retiring in January 1993.

Adams was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the public schools in Portland, Oregon. He attended the University of Washington at Seattle where in 1948 he was elected president of the student government (ASUW) and was the first student to both serve in that post and receive the President’s Medal of Excellence as the University’s top scholar. He graduated in 1949 and was admitted to Harvard Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1952. Adams served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, and was admitted to the Washington state bar in 1952, opening a private practice in Seattle. Adams taught law at the American Institute of Banking from 1954 to 1960, and served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington from 1961 to 1964.

Adams was elected as a Democrat to the House and served six terms beginning January 3, 1965. He was chairman of the newly created Budget Committee during the 94th Congress, and was considered a strong candidate for Speaker of the House. On January 22, 1977, Adams resigned to become the fifth Secretary of Transportation following his appointment by President Jimmy Carter and confirmation by the Senate. After resigning his Cabinet post on July 20, 1979, Adams resumed law practice, this time in Washington, D.C., where he was a lobbyist for CSX Corporation and other railroad carriers.

On November 4, 1986, Adams was elected as a U.S. senator, narrowly defeating incumbent Republican Slade Gorton (677,471 to 650,931 votes, 50.66% to 48.67%). Serving one term, he compiled a liberal record and was strongly supportive of his party's leadership. In 1992 he chose not to be a candidate for reelection after eight women made statements to The Seattle Times alleging that Adams had committed various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Adams denied the allegations, but his popularity statewide was weakened considerably by the scandal and he chose to retire rather than risk losing the seat for his party. Adams never lost an election, and lived in Stevensville, Maryland, until his death due to complications from Parkinson's disease.

Adams's willingness to plunge into controversial issues was evident in the contrasting assessments of his tenure and accomplishments during a tumultuous period in transportation. The Wall Street Journal in 1979 called him the "biggest disappointment" in the Carter cabinet, while Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook, who led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under Adams, called him "absolutely one of the best transportation secretaries we've ever had."

Adams was a member of the American Bar Association and Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Franklin News Post Tweet this news
Franklin News Post--Also competing in the tournament for the Eagles were Andrew Turner, who was 1-2 at 125; Josh Altice, who was 2-2 at 135; -Brock Adams-, who was 1-2 at 140; ... - Date : Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:10:16 GMT+00:00
Gast leads JV Lady Devils to overtime win - The People's Defender Tweet this news
The People's Defender--"In the first half, our defense kept us in the game," said North -Adams- JV coach -Brock- Caldwell. "We finally started to get it together offensively in the ... - Date : Tue, 28 Dec 2010 23:59:00 GMT+00:00
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Franklin News Post Tweet this news
Franklin News Post--Sophomore -Brock Adams- (140), first-year senior Tyler Wimmer (125) and first-year junior Joshua Lemon (171) all scored second-place finishes.--- - Date : Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:07:22 GMT+00:00
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Franklin News Post Tweet this news
Franklin News Post---...- Ryan Clingenpeel (sophomore, 112), Andrew Turner (senior, 125), Jarred Brown (freshman, 130), Josh Altice (junior, 135), -Brock Adams- (sophomore, 140), ... - Date : Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:22:22 GMT+00:00
Enbridge Energy donates $75000 to Romeoville - Chicago Sun-Times Tweet this news
Chicago Sun-Times--ROMEOVILLE A representative of Enbridge Energy Partners presented a check to the village for ... - Date : Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:40:10 GMT+00:00
Dennis Erickson gives Brock Osweiler extra time with 1st team - AZ Tweet this news
AZ tackle Corey -Adams- (concussion), wide receiver TJ Simpson (ankle sprain) and linebacker Gerald Munns (hip pointer) could be healthy for the UCLA ... - Date : Wed, 17 Nov 2010 04:19:54 GMT+00:00
Bust of Underage Drinking Party Leads to Possession of Stolen Vehicle Arrest - WJBD Online Tweet this news
WJBD Online---...- possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis. 25-year-old -Brock Adams- of Wisher Road in Patoka posted 100-dollars bond for possession of drug paraphernalia.--- - Date : Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:06:18 GMT+00:00
Suspect arrested in Ravine robbery - Richmond Register Tweet this news
Richmond Register--After the assault, -Brock- said, the three males fled the area on foot. Martin was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with second-degree robbery, and “shortly ... - Date : Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:18:37 GMT+00:00
Newberg High battling a rash of injuries - Newberg Graphic Tweet this news
Newberg Graphic--With wide receiver -Brock- Lutes, tight end Cody Danielson and fullback Jake Garland out with injuries, Newberg was already a bit shorthanded before losing ... - Date : Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:53:16 GMT+00:00
Niners promote CB Brock, cut OLB Briggs - Sacramento Bee (blog) Tweet this news
Sacramento Bee (blog)--The 49ers felt they had to have the option of going with -Brock- in case -Adams- couldn't play. With Ahmad Brooks set to make his debut, the 49ers had an ... - Date : Tue, 21 Sep 2010 05:58:58 GMT+00:00

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
K. William Stinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 7 congressional district

Succeeded by
John E. Cunningham
Political offices
Preceded by
William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr.
United States Secretary of Transportation
Served under: Jimmy Carter

Succeeded by
Neil Goldschmidt
United States Senate
Preceded by
Slade Gorton
United States Senator from Washington|class=3
Served alongside: Daniel J. Evans, Slade Gorton

Succeeded by
Patty Murray

United States Senators from Washington

Class 1Allen * Wilson * Foster * Piles * Poindexter * Dill * Schwellenbach * Wallgren * Mitchell * Cain * Jackson * Evans * Gorton * Cantwell
Class 3Squire * Turner * Ankeny * Jones * Grammer * Bone * Magnuson * Gorton * Adams * Murray

United States Secretaries of Transportation

Boyd * Volpe * Brinegar * Coleman * Adams * Goldschmidt * Lewis * Dole * Burnley * Skinner * Card * Peña * Slater * Mineta * Peters * LaHood

Carter cabinet

Secretary of StateCyrus Vance (1977 1980) * Edmund Muskie (1980 1981)
Secretary of the TreasuryW. Michael Blumenthal (1977 1979) * G. William Miller (1979 1981)
Secretary of DefenseHarold Brown (1977 1981)
Attorney GeneralGriffin Bell (1977 1979) * Benjamin R. Civiletti (1979 1981)
Secretary of the InteriorCecil D. Andrus (1977 1981)
Secretary of AgricultureRobert Bergland (1977 1981)
Secretary of CommerceJuanita M. Kreps (1977 1979) * Philip M. Klutznick (1979 1981)
Secretary of LaborRay Marshall (1977 1981)
Secretary of Health, Education and WelfareJoseph A. Califano, Jr. (1977 1979) * Patricia Roberts Harris (1979 1979)
Secretary of Health and Human ServicesPatricia Roberts Harris (1979 1981)
Secretary of EducationShirley M. Hufstedler (1979 1981)
Secretary of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPatricia Roberts Harris (1977 1979) * Maurice "Moon" Landrieu (1979 1981)
Secretary of TransportationBrock Adams (1977 1979) * Neil E. Goldschmidt (1979 1981)
Secretary of EnergyJames R. Schlesinger (1977 1979) * Charles Duncan, Jr. (1979 1981)
Vice PresidentWalter Mondale (1977 1981)
Ambassador to the United NationsAndrew Young (1977 1979) * Donald McHenry (1979 1981)
Director of the Office of
Management and Budget
Thomas "Bert" Lance (1977) * James T. McIntyre (1978 1981)
Chair of the Council of Economic AdvisersCharles Schultze (1977 1981)
Advisor to the
President on National Security Affairs
Zbigniew Brzezinski (1977 1981)

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