Bill Brock

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William Emerson "Bill" Brock, III

In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Albert Gore, Sr.
Succeeded by James Sasser

U.S. Representative for
Tennessee's 3rd congressional district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by James B. Frazier, Jr.
Succeeded by LaMar Baker

In office
April 29, 1985 – October 31, 1987
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Raymond J. Donovan
Succeeded by Ann McLaughlin Korologos

8th United States Trade Representative
In office
January 23, 1981 – April 29, 1985
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Reubin Askew
Succeeded by Clayton Yeutter

In office
January 14, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Succeeded by Richard Richards

Born November 23, 1930
Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Died March 25, 2021 (aged 90)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Political party Republican
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)

Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1953–1956

William Emerson “Bill” Brock, III (November 23, 1930 – March 25, 2021),[1]) was a Tennessee Republican who served as the state's U.S. senator for one term in the 1970s,[2] having unseated Democrat Albert Gore, Sr., the father of former Vice President Al Gore.

Congressional career

Civil rights

Brock's record on civil rights and race-related issues was mixed. He voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964[3] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,[4] though supported the Civil Rights Act of 1968.[5] 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.[1]

Despite having opposed the Civil Rights Movement at times (which he came to renounce),[1] Brock nevertheless consistently reached out to black voters, especially when he took a leadership role in the Republican Party.[6]


External links

  • Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress