Derek Lyons

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Derek Lyons
White House Staff Secretary
Assumed office
June 6, 2018
Acting: February 7, 2018 – June 6, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Rob Porter
Personal details
Political party Republican
Education Duke University (BS, BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Derek S. Lyons is an American political advisor serving as White House Staff Secretary in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.


Lyons was a student of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory,[1] from which he graduated in 2000. He went to Duke University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science as well as a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.[2]

In June 2007, Lyons was a student of Harvard Law School[citation needed] and worked as a Summer Associate at, his later employer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He was a member of the board of "One Day's Work",[3] a group which dedicated one day of every member's earning in summer jobs for people in need.[4] Lyons graduated with a J.D. in the HLS class of 2008.[2]


In 2007 Lyons was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, and in 2010 he was admitted to the Bar for the District of Columbia and the Federal Circuit.[5] He started his professional career as a law clerk to Brett Kavanaugh, a former judge serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and current Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a former White House Staff Secretary.

After his clerkship, he worked for Representative Jeb Hensarling as a legislative assistant. He then moved to the private sector, working as a senior litigation assistant for the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.[6] His practice was mainly related to federal regulatory policy.[7]

In May 2014, he went back to Capitol Hill, becoming General Counsel in the office of Senator Rob Portman.[8] In this role, he accompanied Senator Portman to meetings of the Subcommittee on Investigations for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.[9]

In February 2016, Lyons joined the law firm Boyden Gray & Associates.[10]

From January 2017 to February 2018, Lyons worked at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary.[11]

After the sudden departure of Rob Porter in February 2018, Lyons was promoted to acting White House Staff Secretary. In June he was formally appointed to the role on a permanent basis.[12] Lyons oversees, together with the White House Chief of Staff, the flow of information to the President.[13]


  1. ^ "The Chronicle of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory". issuu. October 25, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Derek Lyons, Associate Attorney Attorney". LawyersDB. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "HLS students organize to donate one day's wages to charity". Harvard Law School. May 4, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Big Law Summer Associates Asked to Give Back". The Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Derek S. Lyons". Martindale. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Supreme Court of the United States" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Portman Announces Derek Lyons as New General Counsel". HighBeam Research. March 24, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Portman Announces Derek Lyons as New General Counsel". Rob Portman. March 24, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hearings" (PDF). United States Government Publishing Office. November 20, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "The redirection of reinsurance tax dollars under the Affordable Care Act". American Enterprise Institute. July 1, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Annual Report to Congress on White House Office Personnel" (PDF). The White House. June 30, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rob Porter warned White House counsel in January 2017 about his background check". CBS Interactive. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "White House taps interim replacement for aide accused of abuse". The Hill. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
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