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Former MVIS Chairman of the Board Slade Gorton 1928-2020


August 19, 2020 at 12:57 p.m. EDT

SEATTLE — Slade Gorton, a patrician and cerebral politician from Washington state who served as a U.S. Senate Republican leader before he was ousted by the growing Seattle-area liberal electorate in 2000, has died. He was 92.

Gorton died Wednesday in Seattle, said J. Vander Stoep, who served as his chief of staff in the Senate.

Gorton was the Chicago-born scion of the New England frozen fish family. His 40-year political career began when he won a legislative seat within two years of arriving in Seattle as a freshly minted lawyer.

He went on to serve as state attorney general, a three-term U.S. senator and member of the 9/11 Commission.


MVIS 2019 press release on Slade Gorton's retirement

MicroVision Announces Retirement of Board Member Slade Gorton

3/12/2019 4:11:04 PM

REDMOND, Wash., March 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display and sensing technology, today announced that Slade Gorton will not stand for re-election to the board of directors and will step down when his current term expires at the company’s 2019 annual meeting of shareholders.

Slade Gorton has been a member of MicroVision’s Board of Directors since September 2003 and was Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director from 2006 to 2012.  Gorton has a distinguished career including representing Washington State in the United States Senate for 18 years. Gorton also served as a Washington State Representative, State House Majority Leader and Attorney General of Washington, arguing 14 cases before the United States Supreme Court.  After leaving the Senate, Gorton served as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (“9-11 Commission”).  He is currently Of Counsel at the law firm of K&L Gates, LLP and Counselor in Residence at the Slade Gorton International Policy Center. 

“MicroVision has been incredibly fortunate to have Slade Gorton serve on the board and its committees for over 15 years,” said Brian Turner, Chairman and Independent Director at MicroVision.  “Slade’s deep experience in law, government and leadership has provided great insight, guidance and tremendous value to the board and the company.  He is a marvelous person to know and work alongside and will be greatly missed.”

“I am proud to have been able to serve on the MicroVision board and experience the growth and evolution of the company,” said Slade Gorton. “Having served on the MicroVision Board for over 15 years, including 6 years as Board Chair, I believe that the company is well positioned for growth and the time is right to not stand for re-election and retire from the Board when my term ends.  While I will miss working with my fellow board members, I remain excited about the company’s future.” 

Rest in Peace, Slade Gorton, former Chairman of the Board of MicroVision. 


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