Hall of Secretaries
Portrait Artist: Peter Egeli
William E. Brock
Tenure: April 29, 1985 to October 31, 1987
From Tennessee; represented his state in both the House and the Senate; was Chairperson of the Republican National Committee and U.S. Trade Representative.
Appointed by Ronald Reagan. Greatly increased attention to health and safety hazards for workers. Stressed use of conciliation in correcting discrimination in employment. Led initiative to help improve employment for Vietnam era veterans. Actively promoted non confrontational labor-management cooperation. Mobilized national effort to provide qualified workforce for the future through the "Workforce 2000" initiative. Advocated improved literacy and basic education.
In 1990, accepted invitation to chair the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.