Senator Slade Gorton


Gorton represented Washington in the Senate from 1981 to 1987 and again from 1989 to 2001. He was a member of the National Commission on Terrorists Acts Against the United States, commonly known as the 911 Commission. Today, Gorton is a lawyer at K&L Gates, a law firm that represents various maritime interests.


Border Security: Look No Further Than the Jones Act

By Senator Slade Gorton 2016-04-11 12:15:01

As homeland security and border control remain a top priority among presidential candidates, one important provider of that security is often overlooked—the principal role the domestic maritime industry plays in securing America’s borders. Without the Jones Act—an essential security law that requires the use of American vessels and American crews when transporting cargo by water between two points in the United States—America’s challenges in preventing illegal immigration would be substantially more challenging. For as long as I can remember, those who...

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