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NNSA Announces Charles Pray as Director of Congressional Affairs

Former Maine state lawmaker will represent NNSA on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – The National Nuclear Security Administration today announced that Charles P. Pray will serve as the agency's Director of Congressional Affairs.

Pray, a Vietnam veteran, served 18 years in the Maine State Senate, including eight years as President of that legislative body. He also worked for seven years as a senior advisor in the Department of Energy's Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs under the Clinton Administration. Most recently, he served for seven years as Nuclear Safety Advisor for the State of Maine.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Pray to our team of dedicated professionals who work each day to ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile while preventing the proliferation of nuclear material around the world," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino.

Pray served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970 and is a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War and Disabled American Veterans. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maine.

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