Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics
Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Slade Gorton
A Half Century in Politics

by John C. Hughes
November 21, 2011

Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics by John Hughes is a co-published work with the Slade Gorton Policy Center and the Washington State Heritage Center. The 400-page biography of Senator Gorton covers his family history, his early life, his years in the Washington State Legislature, his three terms as Washington State Attorney General, his three terms as U.S. Senator, and his post-Senate career, including his time on the 9/11 Commission.


“This is a fast-paced, readable biography of one of the political giants of Washington state… [It] is a must read for anyone interested in public service or who cares about our political system.”

—Daniel J. Evans, former Washington State Governor

“John Hughes’ book paints an accurate picture of my good friend Slade Gorton… and retraces the path that Slade took to becoming a very respected and influential public servant in both Washingtons.”

—Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senator from Nebraska and 9/11 Commission member

“… a highly readable book profiling a well-known political figure who’s been a key player in state and national politics for more than 50 years.”

—John Dodge, The Olympian