Rick Dearborn

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Rick Dearborn
Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors
Assuming office
PresidentDonald Trump
SucceedingJeffrey Moreland
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
In office
January 20, 2017 – March 16, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byKristie Canegallo (Policy Implementation)
Succeeded byChris Liddell
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDan Brouillette[1]
Succeeded byJill Sigal[2]
Personal details
Born (1965-07-19) July 19, 1965 (age 53)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gina Dearborn
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma (BA)
*Pending Senate confirmation

Rick Allen Dearborn (born July 19, 1965[3]) is the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Implementation in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Prior to this role, he was the executive director of Donald Trump's presidential transition team.


Dearborn worked for six U.S. Senators, including two members of Senate leadership, and spent more than 25 years working on Capitol Hill. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to become the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the United States Department of Energy, where he worked with the Senate, House, and Tribal Governments on achieving President George W. Bush's Energy Agenda. After leaving the Department of Energy in 2004, Dearborn worked as the Chief of Staff for Senator Jeff Sessions from 2005 to 2017.[4] He succeeded Armand DeKeyser.[5]

Dearborn was one of two former senior Sessions staffers appointed to senior roles in the Trump White House, the other being White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller.[6][7]

Donald Trump presidential transition team[edit]

Dearborn was a member of Donald Trump's presidential transition team. The transition team was a group of around 100 aides, policy experts, government affairs officials, and former government officials who were tasked with vetting, interviewing, and recommending individuals for top cabinet and staff roles in Trump's administration. He was the team's executive director.

Dearborn, alongside Marc Short, and Andrew Bremberg, coordinated with aides of Senator Mitch McConnell in employing the Congressional Review Act to reverse 13 regulations made late in the presidency of Barack Obama by creating an Excel spreadsheet of targets, eventually being able to eliminate over twice as many regulations as they had anticipated.[8]

Quick exit from White House staff[edit]

On Nov. 11, 2017 The Politico website reported, "Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn's departure would make him the latest in a growing conga line of West Wing aides who started on Inauguration Day but failed to last a full year."

On December 21, 2017, the White House announced that Dearborn would resign in early 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "PN779 - Nomination of Rick A. Dearborn for Department of Energy, 108th Congress (2003-2004)". www.congress.gov. October 3, 2003.
  2. ^ "PN478 - Nomination of Jill L. Sigal for Department of Energy, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". www.congress.gov. July 28, 2005.
  3. ^ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KG9B-F1N
  4. ^ "Rick A. Dearborn - Cypress Group". Cypress Group.
  5. ^ https://votesmart.org/public-statement/76554/us-sen-jeff-sessions-names-rick-a-dearborn-as-chief-of-staff#.WvkMK0O5vIU
  6. ^ "Rick Dearborn Deputy chief of staff for policy". Politico. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Laporta, Jordan (January 4, 2017). "Rick Dearborn, longtime Sessions chief of staff, lands powerful post in Trump White House". Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Michael Shear (May 2, 2017). "Trump Discards Obama Legacy, One Rule at a Time". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Michael C. Bender (December 21, 2017). "Trump Deputy Chief of Staff to Step Down". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 22, 2017.(subscription required)
Political offices
Preceded by
Kristie Canegallo
as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Implementation
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
Succeeded by
Chris Liddell