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Clarence Bishop Named NNSA Director of Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs

Distinguished public servant's career includes Capitol Hill, executive branch experience

Clarence T. BishopWASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced Clarence T. Bishop as Director of Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs.

Bishop most recently served as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development under Gov. Martin O'Malley. He also served four years as O'Malley's chief of staff when O'Malley was Mayor of Baltimore.

Bishop's career in public service also includes more than 20 years experience on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch including service as Confidential Assistant to the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce, Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chief of Staff to Georgia Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis, and Chief of Staff to former Maryland Congressman and national small business advocate the late Parren J. Mitchell.

"We are delighted to welcome such an established, accomplished public servant to our team," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "Mr. Bishop's record speaks for itself, and he will be a valuable asset as we strive to implement President Obama's historic nuclear security agenda."

Bishop holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in urban planning and public policy from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

A native of Baltimore City, Mr. Bishop lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Deidra.

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