- The Washington Times - Friday, September 10, 2004


Brock Adams, who served as transportation secretary under President Carter and in Congress representing Washington state, died yesterday. He was 77.

Mr. Adams died at his home in Stevensville, Md., after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease, said Ellen Globokar, who was his staff chief in the Senate.

Mr. Adams, a Democrat, represented Washington state in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1977 before joining Mr. Carter’s Cabinet.

In 1986, he unseated Republican Sen. Slade Gorton, but declined to seek re-election in 1992 after eight women told the Seattle Times that Mr. Adams had harassed them. “There was never any harassment,” he said. “There was never any threat. There was never any of these things that were stated in the article.”

A previous sexual-misconduct charge had made Mr. Adams one of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats. He also denied that charge.

A former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, Mr. Adams was elected to Congress in 1964 and rose to chairman of the Budget Committee before accepting Mr. Carter’s offer to become head of the Transportation Department.

He served two years in the Cabinet, then returned to Washington state to resume his law practice.

He made a successful comeback to politics in 1986, defeating Mr. Gorton in a closely contested race.

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