William E. Brock is a counselor and trustee of CSIS in Washington, DC and served four terms as a member of Congress from Tennessee’s Third District and then subsequently in the U.S. Senate. Senator Brock chaired the Republican National Committee (1977–1980) and served in the cabinet of President Ronald Reagan as U.S. trade representative (1981–1985) and as U.S. secretary of labor (1985–1987). He was one of the founders of the National Endowment for Democracy.
The Wall Street Journal recognized then-Ambassador Brock as one of the principal fathers of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 1993, the National Academy of Human Resources awarded Senator Brock its highest tribute for outstanding life achievement in advancing human development.
Senator Brock received a B.S. degree in commerce from Washington and Lee University, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and later became vice president of the Brock Candy Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is founder and chairman of the Brock Offices, a firm specializing in international trade, investment, and human resources.