|Name||John Porter East|
Greenville, North Carolina , United States
|| May 05, 1931
|Died||June 29, 1986
May 25, 2016 03:22am
|Info||EAST, John Porter, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., May 5, 1931; attended the public schools; graduated, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., 1953; graduated, University of Illinois Law School, Urbana 1959; earned graduate degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1962 and 1964; served in the United States Marine Corps 1953-1955; admitted to the Florida bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Naples; political science professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., 1964-1980 |
As a protege of prominent conservative Senator Jesse Helms, East ran for the Senate in 1980 and narrowly defeated incumbent Democrat Robert Burren Morgan in the Republican landslide that year.
US Senate (R-NC) 1981-1986. In the Senate, he earned a reputation as a staunch social conservative, especially on the issue of abortion. In 1986, he announced that he would not seek re-election, and would instead return to his teaching position. That summer, East, suffering from cancer, committed suicide at his North Carolina home.
When he entered the Senate, East joined John Stennis as the first pair of Senators who navigated the halls of Congress in a wheelchair. They were responsible for legislation which made the U.S. Capitol building wheelchair accessible.