Perry’s Sam Brinton appointed to DOE nuclear-waste post


Sam Brinton, a 2006 graduate of Perry High School, has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of spent fuel and waste disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy.

“In this role, I’ll be doing what I always dreamed of doing, leading the effort to solve the nation’s nuclear waste challenges,” Brinton said Jan. 10 on LinkedIn. “I’ll do all I can to bring innovative thought into this government role.”

The Rockville, Maryland, resident was most recently the director of global political affairs for Deep Isolation, one of the nation’s only nuclear waste start-ups.

Brinton earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2011 from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering and technology and policy in 2013 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a gender non-binary person, Brinton has been a visible and vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues and mental health and suicide prevention since their undergraduate days. They were the chief advocacy officer for the Trevor Project, which advances policies and positions that help LGBTQ youth in crisis.

The appointment to the federal Department of Energy presents the representative of Perry Pride with a new opportunity and a new challenge.

“I’ll even be (to my knowledge) the first gender fluid person in federal government leadership,” they said on LinkedIn. “I realize this is an enormous challenge. Yes, I am ready to take it on. You cannot fathom how excited I am. Nervous, but so so so excited.”


  1. What does orientation have to do with abilities to do job? Please don’t tell me we are going to read about other people’s orientations now. Are we going to read next about how some gal is a woman or some guy is a man? Were they always a man? Always a woman? why? when? how come? This is just a person, not a orientation, and to emphasize that aspect just makes a person an “other” outside of some norm. Is that newsworthy? Are we going to read about all people’s philosophy on life and who they are from this point on in every job announcement? They are “different,” so we must point that out, shouldn’t we? lest we forget they are somehow not like us even though this is just a local person who got a nice important job and is doing well in life.

    • This is absurd. People preach about science this and science that but when it doesn’t fit their own agenda they throw science out the window. According to science there are two genders… male and female! People with severe mental illness are not fit to function in government. The insanity of demoncrats has reached new heights. This is the wickedness of the last days we were warned about.

  2. This is blatant diversity hire. Has neither the education nor the experience to perform this position. There are people that have PhDs and over 30 years of experience being passed for this position just because of someone’s social status. When we start putting people in high level positions just because of their social representation rather than skill and experience we are heading down a very dangerous road.

  3. I am extremely proud of Sam and all of his accomplishments! Perry Pride for sure! It came to my attention that a Steph Hansen posted on Facebook 🤢🤮 about this article. This is not from me. There are two Stephanie Hansens here in the area. I live in rural Bouton, graduated from Perry High and my parents both taught in Perry, plus I am not on Facebook. Sorry for any confusion.

  4. Maybe Connie should check out the Trevor Project to understand the “why” of Sam wanting you to know about the agony of living a life that is not true.

  5. If he provides innovative solutions and is able to lead his group in that direction, rather than same old tired Yucca crap, then Amen! Bring it on and more power to the person.

  6. Wow! I feel so much safer WTF!?!?! Can this country sink any lower? This is an embarrassment. We are a laughing stock, and we need to take our country back from these freaks.

    • Just as you are conservatism manifested, hiding behind a fake name like a coward, spewing hatred like a fascist, probably burping Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones. Your conservatism will never be “normalized,” no matter how many hammers you take up or assault weapons you stockpile.


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