|William Emerson "Bill" Brock, III|
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
|Preceded by||Albert Gore, Sr.|
|Succeeded by||James Sasser|
U.S. Representative for
Tennessee's 3rd congressional district
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||James B. Frazier, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||LaMar Baker|
April 29, 1985 – October 31, 1987
|Preceded by||Raymond J. Donovan|
|Succeeded by||Ann McLaughlin Korologos|
8th United States Trade Representative
January 23, 1981 – April 29, 1985
|Preceded by||Reubin Askew|
|Succeeded by||Clayton Yeutter|
Chairman of the
Republican National Committee
January 14, 1977 – January 20, 1981
|Succeeded by||Richard Richards|
|Born|| November 23, 1930|
|Died|| March 25, 2021 (aged 90)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Spouse(s)|| (1) Laura Handly Brock (married 1957-1985, her death)|
(2) Sandra Schubert Brock
|Children||Four children from first marriagae|
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Virginia) (Bachelor of Arts)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1953–1956|
William Emerson “Bill” Brock, III (November 23, 1930 – March 25, 2021),) was a Tennessee Republican who served as the state's U.S. senator for one term in the 1970s, having unseated Democrat Albert Gore, Sr., the father of former Vice President Al Gore.
Brock's record on civil rights and race-related issues was mixed. He voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, though supported the Civil Rights Act of 1968. He would later regret his vote against the landmark 1964 legislation, asserting that his decision at the time was merely on grounds against expanding the federal bureaucracy.
Despite having opposed the Civil Rights Movement at times (which he came to renounce), Brock nevertheless consistently reached out to black voters, especially when he took a leadership role in the Republican Party.
- Schudel, Matt (March 25, 2021). Bill Brock, Tenn. senator who rebuilt the GOP after Watergate and became labor secretary, dies at 90. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- TN US Senate. Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- H.R. 7152. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964. ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION (H. RES. 789) PROVIDING FOR HOUSE APPROVAL OF THE BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- TO PASS H.R. 6400, THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- TO PASS H.R. 2516, A BILL TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR INTERFERENCE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS. INTERFERENCE WITH A PERSON ENGAGED IN ONE OF THE 8 ACTIVITIES PROTECTED UNDER THIS BILL MUST BE RACIALLY MOTIVATED TO INCUR THE BILL'S PENALTIES.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Gizzi, John (March 28, 2021). Remembering Tenn. Sen. Bill Brock: The Republican Who Always Reached Out. Newsmax. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress