Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today announced that Derek Lyons will assume the role of General Counsel on his team.  Before joining Senator Portman's staff, Derek Lyons was a senior litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where his practice focused on cases involving federal regulatory agencies.  Rob Porter, who has served in that role for the past year, will join the office of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) as Deputy Chief of Staff.

“Derek’s extensive background in regulatory litigation will further my efforts to help Ohioans who are struggling to cut though burdensome red tape that is standing in the way of innovation and job creation,” Portman said.  “We’re fortunate to have this well-respected lawyer return to public service, and I am pleased to have him by my side as I strive to curb government waste, fraud, and abuse.

“Rob has been a key member of our team and while I am sorry to see him go, I look forward to working with him on the Finance Committee as we tackle the many important issues facing our nation – tax reform, repealing & replacing Obamacare, and enacting Trade Promotion Authority.”
Derek Lyons is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University.  He is a former legislative assistant to Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX05) and law clerk to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.