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Sen. Brockman “Brock” Adams

Former Senator for Washington

Adams was a senator from Washington and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 1992.

He was previously the representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1978.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 1992, Adams was accused of rape and sexual harassment and quit his Senate race as a result.

Mar. 2, 1992 Quit election race.
Photo of Sen. Brockman “Brock” Adams [D-WA, 1987-1992]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Adams is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1992 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Adams sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 1987 to Oct 8, 1992. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Adams was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Adams sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (23%) Environmental Protection (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (13%) International Affairs (13%) Social Welfare (9%) Native Americans (8%) Education (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Adams’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Oct 1992, Adams missed 67 of 1,987 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is on par with the median of 4.7% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1992. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: