President Clinton Names Mark K. Shriver As A Member of the President's Council on Mental Retardation
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)

For Immediate Release                                 July 12, 2000

                       COUNCIL ON MENTAL RETARDATION

     The President today announced his intent to appoint Mark K. Shriver as
a member of the President?s Council on Mental Retardation.

     Mr. Mark K. Shriver, of Bethesda, Maryland, has served as a member of
the Maryland State House of Delegates since 1994.  He serves as a member of
the Ways and Means Committee and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Children
and Youth.  He is also currently the Chair of the Joint Committee on
Children, Youth, and Families and a member of the Joint Committee on
Welfare Reform.  During the 1998 legislative session, Mr. Shriver helped
secure funding for ?Hadley?s Park,? a unique handicapped accessible park
that is the first of its kind in Maryland.  Earlier this year, in
conjunction with Governor Glendening, Mr. Shriver created the Maryland
Boundless Playgrounds Initiative, a first-in-the-nation statewide
initiative to build universally accessible playgrounds so that all
children, including those with handicaps and mental retardation, may join
in the fun.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation
for Group Homes, a community residential program serving adults with mental
retardation and other developmental disabilities.  Mr. Shriver was also a
founding advisory board member of Potomac Community Resources, an
organization that provides social and recreational programs for teens and
adults with developmental disabilities.  Mr. Shriver has also served on the
Board of Directors of the Maryland Special Olympics.  He was named one of
the nation?s Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of
Commerce in 1998.

     Mr. Shriver received a B.A. degree from The College of the Holy Cross
and an M.S. degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

     The President?s Committee on Mental Retardation was created by
Executive Order in May 1966.  The Committee provides advice and assistance
to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services and
publishes an annual report regarding the concerns of the mental retardation


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