Last updated on September 5th, 2018 at 11:02 am

Donald McGahn is the newly appointed White House Counsel for President Donald Trump. He also served President Bush and National Republican Congressional Committee. Moreover, McGahn is also a finance lawyer.

Early Life and Education

Don McGahn was born on June 16, 1968. He was raised by his father Donald McGahn and mother Noreen McGahn. After high schooling, he went to US Naval Academy. However, he earned undergraduate degrees in history and applied computers from the University of Notre Dame. Then, McGahn joined Widener University School of Law for JD. Don also attended George University Law Centre for a Master of Laws (LLM).

Personal Life

McGahn is a married man with two sons. His wife Shanon McGahn is a staff director at House Banking Committee. As a hobby, Don likes to play guitar. He is so obsessed that he has 30 guitars at home.


Don McGahn ventured into the world of financial advocacy after graduating from law school. Primarily, he worked for a private law firm called Patton Boggs. After practicing financial law for some time, McGahn was appointed as the chief counsel for National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

McGahn held the post for around 8 years. In that period, he was able to play as a defensive lawyer on various Republican controversies and scandals. For instance, he represented Tom DeLay during 2003 Texas Redirecting plan and Federal Election Commission Audit. Despite such contributions, McGahn was convicted of embezzlement by FBI.

Donald McGahn previously worked at the United States Election Commission.
Donald McGahn previously worked at the United States Election Commission.

Although McGahn was a likely candidate for Federal Election Commission in 2005, he wasn’t able to acquire the post due to several administrative reasons. Anyway, McGahn got another big chance in 2008 to work as a Republican-selected member in Federal Election Commission under President Bush. As an FEC member, McGahn has been productive on the agenda of deregulating campaign spending. Likewise, he also supported the policy of staffers requiring consent prior to sharing any information with prosecutors. Since the step wasn’t liked by many, McGahn had to resign from the post.

Leaving the political career behind, McGahn again returned back to his job as a lawyer at Jones Day in 2014. Even at those times, McGahn was constantly handling some high-profile stuff.

Donald Trump hired McGahn as the White House Counsel.
Donald Trump hired McGahn as the White House Counsel.

Trump and McGahn

It was very wise of President Trump to appoint his campaign counsel to White House Counsel. The official announcement was made on November 25, 2016, i.e. around two and half weeks after 2016 election victory.

As evident, McGahn was fruitful on Trump’s way to the White House. The Americans wish he will be more productive on the way to ‘Making America Great Again’.

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