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Brock Adams Edit Profile

also known as Brockman Adams

United States representative , Lawyer , lobbyist , politician , United States Senator

Brock Adams, American senator, former secretary of transportation. Bar: Washington 1952. Recipient Distinguished Service award Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1960.


Adams, Brock was born on January 13, 1927 in Atlanta. Son of Charles Leslie and Vera Eleanor (Beemer) Adams.


Bachelor in Economics summa cum laude, University Washington, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1952.


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. Naval and legal career\r\nAdams 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.

House of Representatives\r\nAdams 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. Senator\r\nOn November 4, 1986, Adams was elected as a U.S. senator, narrowly defeating incumbent Republican Slade Gorton (677,471 to 650,931 votes, 5066% to 4867%). 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. Brock Adams Papers.

1947-1998. 326.54 cubic feet (456 boxes). Brock Adams photograph collection. circa 1920-1992. Brock Adams photograph collection.

Richard J. Carbray papers. 1950-1994. 14.85 cubic feet including oversize material, 2 microfilm reels, 65 videocassettes, 1 audio disc, 11 reel to reel sound tapes plus 3 items.


  • 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. 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.


Serving one term, he compiled a liberal record and was strongly supportive of his party's leadership.


Chairman Western Washington district Kennedy for President campaign, 1960. Former president Neighborhood House, Seattle. Executive director Washington district Carter for President campaign, 1976.

Past trustee Civic Unity Committee, Seattle. With United States Navy, 1944-1946. Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Seattle-King County Bar Association, Puget Sound Association (president 1962-1963), University Washington Alumni Association (past trustee, past president District of Columbia chapter), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mary Elizabeth Scott, August 16, 1952. Children: Scott Leslie, Lewis Dean, Katherine Elizabeth, Aleen Mundy.

Charles Leslie Adams

Vera Eleanor (Beemer) Adams

Mary Elizabeth Scott

Lewis Dean Adams

Aleen Mundy Adams

Scott Leslie Adams

Katherine Elizabeth Adams