Slade Gorton bio

1. Name: Slade Gorton
2. Title: Of Counsel at K&L Gates and Member of the 9/11 Commission
3. Biography:

Slade Gorton was a U.S. Senator from Washington State from 1980 t0 2000, except for one term between 1986 and 1988. He was a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Gorton was a Pfc in the U.S. Army from 1946-1947 and then went on to serve as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1956. He stayed in the Air Force reserves until 1981, finishing as a Colonel in the Reserves. After 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives, Gorton was elected Attorney General of Washington State.

As a member of the U.S. Senate, Gorton served on the Appropriations, Budget, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. From 1996 to 2000, he was counsel to the Majority Leader.

In 1980, Gorton was the recipient of the Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney General in the United States,” the highest award of the National Association of Attorneys General. In May of 2010, Gorton was honored as “First Citizen” by the Seattle-King County Board of Realtors, its 72nd annual such award.

He is currently of counsel (an attorney) in the law firm of K&L Gates.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Of Counsel, K&L Gates, 2001-present
  • Co-chairman, Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, 2008-Present
  • Recipient, Best of Puget Sound for Contribution to the 9/11 Commission, 2004
  • Member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), 2002-2004
  • Member, National Commission on Federal Election Reform, 2001-2002
  • U.S. Senator (R-WA), 1980-1987 and 1989-2001
  • Member, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, 1969-1981
  • Attorney General, Washington state, 1969-1981
  • Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, 1956-1980
  • Recipient, Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney General in the United States,” 1980
  • Instructor, constitutional law, University of Puget Sound, 1977
  • Member, President’s Consumer Advisory Council, 1975-1977
  • Chairman, Washington State Law & Justice Commission, 1969-1976
  • State Representative, Washington, 1959-1969
  • Lieutenant, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, 1945-1956
  • LL.B., Columbia University School of Law, 1953
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1950
  • 9/11 Commission Report, 2004
5. Education:
  • LL.B., Columbia University School of Law, 1953
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1950
6. Published Works:
  • 9/11 Commission Report, 2004
7. Contact info: Of Counsel at K&L Gates
Phone: (202) 661-3880 (Washington, D.C.)
Phone: (206) 370-8339 (Seattle)
Email: slade.gorton@klgates.com