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Derrick Morgan

  • Vice President for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

Derrick D. Morgan is the Vice President for Economic Freedom at The Heritage Foundation.

Morgan directs all research on economic issues, including the work of four major policy centers at Heritage: the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Data Analysis, the Center for International Trade and Economics, and the Chief Economist’s Office.

Morgan came to Heritage to serve as chief of staff to Heritage’s immediate past President, Edwin J. Feulner. He previously served in all three branches of the federal government.

In the U.S. Senate, as policy counsel for the Republican Policy Committee, Morgan wrote analyses for senators and their staffs on domestic issues ranging from energy and the environment to labor and agriculture.

He led a bicameral staff working group opposing cap-and-trade legislation and Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations. As part of a core group of leadership staffers, he helped to halt the so-called card-check bill, which would have made it easier for unions to organize by, in effect, denying employees the right to a secret ballot.

Before going to Capitol Hill, Morgan worked for four years as Assistant, Special Counsel and Staff Secretary to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. His responsibilities included ensuring the accuracy and thoroughness of all briefing materials for the Vice President. As a senior staffer, Morgan accompanied the Vice President on domestic and international travel in addition to advising him on legal, social and labor policy.

Before entering public service, Morgan practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas.

He was law clerk to Sidney A. Fitzwater, now chief District Court judge in the Northern District of Texas, and also clerked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Before studying law, he worked on the campaigns of two well-known legislators from his home state of Texas, Sen. Phil Gramm and Rep. Sam Johnson.

At Heritage, Morgan has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg, Blaze TV, the Laura Ingraham show, and many others. His writings have appeared in Slate, National Interest, National Review Online, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Real Clear Policy, RedState, The Wall Street Journal, and other major news outlets.

Morgan received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics at the University of Texas at Dallas, which awarded Morgan with its first Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award in 2012.

He and his wife, Alyssa, have four children and live in northern Virginia.

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