Slade Gorton began his political career in 1958 as a Washington state representative. He served for five terms and in 1968 was elected Attorney General. He served three terms as AG, during which he argued 14 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1980, serving three terms. Retiring from the Senate in 2001, he joined the law firm of Preston, Gates & Ellis, now K&L Gates and left the law firm in 2012. He is now an independent consultant.
After leaving the Senate, Slade has served on various commissions, being the first person appointed to serve on the 9/11 Commission. He served on a commission to investigate British Petroleum’s safety practices and most recently on the Washington State Redistricting Commission. He is best known for “saving baseball” for Seattle by putting together the ownership team that kept the Mariners in Seattle.
Updated on May 31, 2013