Bill Brock has been an influential political figure for a number of years. During his political career, he held several positions, including leading the Republican Party during one of its most turbulent periods.
At one point, Brock could have even become vice president of the United States. It never came to pass, but Brock eventually joined the cabinet. He died yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Reported cause of death was pneumonia
Reports differ on the exact location of Brock’s driveway. The Chattanoogan reports that he was in his home. The New York Times reports that he was in the hospital.
But anyway, he apparently died of pneumonia in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Brock was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962, winning his seat in the third. District of Tennessee, which is located in Chattanooga. To win the race, he defeated the incumbent Democrat, James B. Fraser Jr. Brock has been re-elected to the House of Representatives three times.
Sen. Bill Brock was a great public servant and an incredibly kind and wise man. As the father of one of my best friends, he was a larger-than-life figure, so warm and supportive since second grade. I’ll miss him. My deepest condolences to Sandy, Hutchy and the Brock family pic.twitter.com/IkQD0bw8Fn
– Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 26, 2021
In 1970, Bill Brock was a candidate for the United States Senate.
He defeated musician and actor Tex Ritter in the Republican primary.
In the general election, Brock defeated incumbent Democrat Albert Gore Sr. While in the Senate, Brock influenced the creation of the Senate Energy Committee.
In 1976, Brock considered becoming vice president if President Gerald Ford won the presidential election that year.
That year, the party was still recovering from the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. Ford lost the election to former Democratic Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia. And Brock also lost his re-election battle to Democrat Jim Sasser.
Although he lost the election, Brock became chairman of the Republican National Committee the following year. In this role, he helped the party win in 1980.
Mr. Brock was a U.S. Trade Representative from 1981 to 1985. This position belongs to the cabinet level, but is not part of the presidential line of succession. The next Labor Minister has put Brock in the race to succeed him.
He held this position until 1987. Brock is now leading Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Dole eventually lost the nomination to Vice President George W. Bush, who won the 1988 general election.
Brock then moved his official residence to Maryland. There he ran again for the United States Senate in 1994. In the end, he lost to Democratic incumbent Paul Sarbanes. In recent years, Brock has become a leading critic of Donald Trump.
Brock comes from a well knownfamily.
Bill Brock helped run the family’s chocolate business. Eventually the company was acquired by a better known company with a similar name, Brach’s. Brock was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
His grandfather, William Emerson Brock, was a Democratic Senator. And, as the New York Times notes, one of his sons, Oscar, has also become politically active.
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