Brent Del Monte currently serves as Senior Vice President, Federal Government Relations for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). In this role he serves as the lead lobbyist for a trade association representing more than 1,100 members. A native of Northern Virginia, after graduating from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Brent embarked on a career in public policy by joining the staff of Senator John Warner (R-VA). Brent later served on the staff of Representative Tom Bliley (R-VA), where he held various positions, all with responsibility over health care issues. While serving for Representative Bliley, Brent attended Georgetown University Law Center in the evening, graduating with high honors in 1998. After graduating law school and clerking for United States District Judge Claude Hilton, Brent returned to the Hill where he served as a Counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, with primary responsibility over food and drug issues. In this position, he successfully saw enactment of the Medical Device User Fee Act, the Project BioShield Act, and the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. Brent agreed to be the lead lobbyist for BIO in April, 2005.