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(b. Chattanooga, Tennessee, 23 Nov. 1930)

US; member of the US House of Representatives 1963–71, US Senator 1971–7, Secretary of Labor 1985–7 William Brock was educated at Washington and Lee University. Following a period in private business (1956–63), he was elected to the House of Representatives for the 3rd District of Tennessee in 1962, beginning a long association with Republican politics. Brock served in the House until elected to the Senate in 1970. In January 1977 he became chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position in which he was responsible for a range of structural reforms as well as intellectual and policy initiatives designed to revive the Republican Party fortunes following the catastrophic 1976 elections. The years of his chairmanship (1977–81) were years of enormous achievement and provided the foundation for the Republican gains of 1980. Although it was not entirely clear how much sympathy Brock personally had for the Reagan revolution, he served in both the first and the second Reagan administrations—first as US Trade Representative (1981–5) and then as Secretary of Labor (1985–7).

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