William " Bill" Emerson Brock III ( born November 23, 1930 in Chattanooga, Tennessee ) is a former American politician. He represented the state of Tennessee in both houses of Congress and was from 1981 to 1987 the Cabinet of the United States.
After visiting the McCallie High School in Chattanooga, he studied at Washington and Lee University in Lexington (Virginia) and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Engineering ( BS Commerce ) from. He then completed his military service until 1956 when the United States Navy.
His political career began in 1962 when he was elected as a candidate of the Republican Party as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. There he took from 3 January 1963 to 3 January 1971, the third electoral district of Tennessee and was the first Republican in 40 years to win this district.
On January 3, 1971, he became a U.S. Senator and represented as such for a term interests of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate until January 3, 1977. Doing so, he became the successor of Senator Albert Gore and turn the first Republican since 1875, of this Senate seat won against a Democrat. From 1977 to 1981 he was the successor of Mary Louise Smith Chair of the Republican National Committee, the National Executive Committee of the Republican Party.
After the inauguration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, he was appointed in 1981 as a commercial agent of the United States in his cabinet. After Ray Donovan was forced to resign as Minister of Labor ( Secretary of Labor ) on 15 March 1985, Brock was on 29 April 1985, his successor, and retained the office of the Minister of Labour to 31 October 1987.
After retiring from politics, he was also a member of the Board of Trustees (Board of Trustees ) of the Caring Institute in Washington DC, consultant and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an advisor to the Council for a Community of Democracies and a member of the Honorary Council of Washington Center. He is also a member of the American Legion, the veterans organization of the United States Army.
His grandfather William Emerson Brock as a representative of the Democratic Party also U.S. Senator for Tennessee.