Honorable Bob Clement
Bob Clement, President of Clement & Associates LLC, engages with top-level government leaders and executives following his life-long career in public service. Mr. Clement served as a distinguished leader in government, business and education, including 8 terms in the U.S. Congress (5th District--Tennessee) representing the Nashville area and Robertson county.
As a consultant Mr. Clement has traveled internationally working with businesses, humanitarian groups, and non-government organizations. He also works with clients in the U.S. on business development, and government relations. Clement & Associates has offices in Washington, D.C. and his hometown of Nashville.
Mr. Clement's leadership covers a wide range of experience including college president, military officer, TVA director, and Public Service Commissioner. Through his years in public service Mr. Clement gained expertise in the areas of international relations, transportation, energy, and education.
As the youngest Tennessean ever elected to a statewide position at the age of 29, Mr. Clement stepped into the family business of public service when he chose to run for political office as a Public Service Commissioner. His father, Governor Frank G. Clement was a three term governor in the late '50's and '60's, who was noted for his progressive leadership, including integrating the first public schools in the South, state government reforms, and industrial recruitment.
Upon his election to Congress in 1988, Mr. Clement knew his committee work would be crucial to his constituents so he chose committees which would have major economic impact in his state, as well as across the nation. During his entire 15 year term he served on the House Transportation committee, improving infrastructure projects such as highways, airport improvements, and waterways. One of Mr. Clement's landmark initiatives was funding and establishing a nationwide system of greenways and bicycle paths. He was a strong advocate of rail transportation. He promoted more passenger rail service in Tennessee, and launched Tennessee's first commuter rail line—the Music City Star. Its successful run between Nashville and Lebanon is steadily increasing ridership.
Mr. Clement served on the Veteran's Affairs committee and assisted Gulf War veterans suffering from illnesses after the first Gulf War. He's also responsible for major upgrades to the Veteran's Affairs Hospitals in Middle Tennessee and improvements in healthcare for veterans.
In addition to his committee roles, Mr. Clement founded and co-chaired the Education Caucus to promote and support more funds for public education. He helped found the New Democrat Caucus that concentrated on high tech and trade issues. As an active member of the Tourism Caucus, he promoted trade and tourism for the United States.
Mr. Clement was one of only three former college presidents during his tenure in Congress. Mr. Clement served as President of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He revitalized the struggling junior college, raising it to the level of a four-year accredited college with full university status, and tripled the school's private donations which saved the historic college from closing.
Prior to his 15 years in Congress, Mr. Clement served major roles as a utility regulator; first, as a statewide commissioner on Tennessee's Public Service Commission, and later as one of three directors on the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, overseeing a $6 billion utility agency.
Mr. Clement earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After obtaining a Master's degree in Business (MBA) from the University of Memphis, Mr. Clement joined the U.S. Army, serving for two years. He then joined the Tennessee Army National Guard and served 29 years before retiring as a Colonel.
Terri Dorsey, Vice President of Clement & Associates LLC, helps strategize and implement client projects. She handles marketing and research, along with monitoring legislative developments and arranging Congressional visits.
Her extensive background as a television journalist producing documentaries and in-depth reporting enables her to quickly grasp clients' challenges and target the officials who can assist with solutions. She worked on special project investigations for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, covering diverse topics ranging from Al Gore's first run for President, cancer patients' quest for miracle cures overseas, and Mafia money behind Tennessee landfills. She specialized in reporting government issues as a legislative reporter in two capital cities – Nashville, and Columbia, South Carolina.
Following her long career in T-V news in several southeastern stations, she gained insight into other fields. Terri directed a federal non-profit program, coordinated special events such as music festivals, wrote grants, managed budgets and developed marketing campaigns for clients. She's worked with a variety of clients including a secondary education institution, a real estate developer, and a media distributor.
Her award-winning work in television included extensive coverage of health care reform which won the National IRIS award and the SDX Green Eyeshade award. She's been a partner in Clement & Associates, LLC since 2008.