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Senator Gorton's dedication to public service began in 1959, when he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives where he served for ten years, including the last two as Majority Leader. In 1969, Gorton was sworn in as Attorney General for the state of Washington, a post he would hold for three terms. Gorton served three terms in the United States Senate where he served as the Chairman of the Interior Appropriation Subcommittee (1995-2001), the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs (1995-1999), and Aviation (1999-2000). He was a member of the Republican leadership as counsel to the Majority Leader (1996-2000).
Gorton served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform and was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”). He also served on BP Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel and is a Member of the National War Powers Commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project.
Senator Gorton is currently the Chairman of the Board of Microvision, Inc. and serves on the boards of Vigilos and the Discovery Institute. He is a Board Member of the Markle Foundation and also serves on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age.