1927 – He was born on the 13th of January in Atlanta, Georgia.
1944 – He served in the U.S. Navy for two years.
1948 – He attended the University of Washington at Seattle where he was elected president of the student
1949 – He graduated from the University of Washington and was admitted to Harvard Law School.
1952 – He earned his law degree in Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Washington state bar.
1954 – He taught law at the American Institute of Banking for six years.
1961 – He served as United States Attorney for the Western Ditrict of Washington for three years.
1965 – He was elected as a Democrat to the House and served six terms beginning on the 3rd of January.
– He was chairman for the newly created Budget Committee during the 94th Congress, and was
considered to be a strong candidate for Speaker of the House.
1977 – On January 22 he resigned to become the fifth Secretary of Transportation.
1979 – After resigning his Cabinet post on July 20, he resumed law practice, this time in Washington, D.C.,
where he was a lobbyist for CSX Corporation and other railroad carriers.
1986 – On the 4th of November he was elected as a U.S. Senator, defeating incumbent Slade Gorton
and serving for one term.
2004 – He died on the 10th of September due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.