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Slade Gorton
Slade Gorton, official Senate photo portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Daniel J. Evans
Succeeded by Maria Cantwell
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Warren Magnuson
Succeeded by Brock Adams
14th Attorney General of Washington
In office
1969–1981
Governor Daniel J. Evans
Dixy Lee Ray
Preceded by John J. O'Connell
Succeeded by Ken Eikenberry
In office
1959–1969
Personal details
Born (1928-01-08)January 8, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 19, 2020(2020-08-19) (aged 92)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sally Jean Clark (1958–2013, her death)
Residence Clyde Hill, Washington
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Columbia Law School

Thomas Slade Gorton III (January 8, 1928 – August 19, 2020) was an American politician. He was a U.S. senator from Washington state from 1981 to 1987, and from 1989 to 2001.

He held both of the state's Senate seats in his career and was narrowly defeated for reelection twice as an incumbent: in 1986 by Brock Adams, and in 2000 by Maria Cantwell after a recount. Gorton was twice both Senior Senator (1983–87, 1993–2001) and Junior Senator (1981–83, 1989–93).

Gorton died on August 19, 2020 in Seattle from Parkinson's disease-related problems at the age of 92.

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