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Brock Adams, 77, former secretary of transportation

WASHINGTON -- Brock Adams, who served as transportation secretary under President Carter and represented Washington state in the Senate for one term, died Friday. He was 77.

Mr. Adams died at his home in Stevensville, Md He had had Parkinson's disease, said Ellen Globokar, who was his staff chief in the Senate.

Mr. Adams, a Democrat, represented Washington state in the US House of Representatives from 1965 to 1977 before becoming transportation secretary during the Carter administration.

He went on to unseat Slade Gorton, a Republican senator in 1986, but declined to seek re-election in 1992 after eight women told The Seattle Times that Mr. Adams had harassed them.

Mr. Adams denied the allegations.

A former US attorney for the Western District of Washington, Mr. Adams was elected to Congress in 1964 and rose to chairman of the Budget Committee before accepting President Carter's offer to head the Transportation Department.

He served two years in the Cabinet, then returned to a private law practice in Washington, D.C.

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