August 9, 2018

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton to share perspective on Supreme Court at AWB Federal Affairs Summit

By: Brian Mittge   Comments: 0
Slade Gorton, who will be speaking at AWB's 2018 Federal Affairs Summit in Tacoma on Aug. 14, receives the "key to the city" of Spokane from Mayor David Condon at the 2012 AWB Spring Meeting. Gorton was accompanied by his wife Sally, right. (Photo: Dan Brunell/AWB
AWB's Federal Affairs Summit on Aug. 14 will feature six current members of Congress -- as well as a discussion with a distinguished elder statesman, former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton.

Gorton has been involved with local, state and federal politics since the 1950s. A Republican, he was first elected to the state Legislature in 1958, and went on to serve as state House majority leader. He was elected state attorney general in 1968, where he went on to argue 14 cases before the United States Supreme Court.

He later served for 18 years in the U.S. Senate, followed by distinguished service on the nonpartisan panel investigating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which included helping to prepare the influential 9/11 Commission Report.

Gorton's life was chronicled in a 2011 book by John C. Hughes, called "Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics," published by the Washington State Heritage Center. At 436 pages, it's a weighty but fascinating tome, rich with detail and political drama.

AWB honored Gorton in 2012 with the C. David Gordon Award for his years to service to Washington state. He received the award at AWB's Spring Meeting in Spokane, where newly elected Mayor David Condon presented Gorton with the key to the city

At Tuesday's Federal Affairs Summit, Gorton will be giving his perspective on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Tickets to the summit are still available, and will also be sold at the door Tuesday morning at the Greater Spokane Convention Center.