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William Brock (1985–1987) - Secretary of Labor

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William Brock was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 3, 1930, and received a B.S. in commerce from Washington and Lee University (1953). He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy (1953-1956) and left as a lieutenant, junior grade.

He worked in the family candy business, progressing from assistant in production and control (1956) to director of the company and vice president of marketing (1961). He represented Tennessee's Third Congressional District in Congress from 1963 to 1971 and then went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1970 to 1977. He later chaired the Republican National Committee (1977-1981).While in the Reagan administration, Brock served as U.S. trade representative from 1981 to 1985 and as U.S. secretary of labor from 1985 to 1987. He resigned to become chairman of the Dole for President committee in 1987. He then worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C., and he mounted an unsuccessful bid in 1994 for a U.S. Senate seat from Maryland.

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Lou Cannon

Mr. Cannon is the author of nine books, five of them on Ronald Reagan, and has been called Reagan’s definitive biographer. As a journalist, he covered the Reagan presidency for The Washington Post and the Reagan governorship of California for the San Jose Mercury-News. His books on Reagan include:

Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy (Co-authored with Carl M. Cannon, PublicAffairs, 2008)

Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (PublicAffairs, 2003)

Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio (PublicAffairs, 2001)

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (Simon and Schuster 1991, PublicAffairs, 2000)

Reagan (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1982)