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Bill McGinley
White House Cabinet Secretary
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Broderick D. Johnson
Personal details
Political party Republican
Education University of California, Los
California State University,
Long Beach
George Washington University

William "Bill" McGinley is the current White House Cabinet Secretary in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. He is an American lawyer and a former partner at the law firm Jones Day where he represented federal office holders, candidates, and national organizations on campaign finance, ethics, and other political law matters.


McGinley received his BA in history from the University of California at Los Angeles and his MA in history from California State University at Long Beach. He received his JD from George Washington University Law School in 1997.[1]

Following law school, McGinley served as Deputy General Counsel to the Republican National Committee (RNC) and was counsel to the Standing Committee on Rules of the RNC.[2] He also served as general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[3]

McGinley worked for the law firm Patton Boggs where he became a partner and Co-Chair of the Election Law Practice Group.[1] Afterwards, he became a partner at Jones Day.[3]

McGinley was counsel to the Convention Rules Committee of the 2012 Republican National Convention. During the convention he pushed the credentials committee to replace 10 Maine delegates for Ron Paul with 10 who supported Mitt Romney.[4][5]

McGinley was hired by the Donald Trump presidential campaign in April 2016. He was expected to act as a campaign advisor during the delegate selection battles and on potential challenges to the credentials of 2016 Republican National Convention delegates.[4]

After the election, McGinley was appointed White House Cabinet Secretary and began work on January 20, 2017.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Meet an Alumnus: William J. McGinley". The George Washington University Law School. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lat, David (April 19, 2016). "Jones Day Doubles Down On Donald Trump". Above the Law. 
  3. ^ a b c Nussbaum, Matthew (January 19, 2017). "Trump team announces additional White House hires". Politico. 
  4. ^ a b Goldmacher, Shane (April 18, 2016). "Donald Trump hires top GOP lawyer for delegate fight". Politico. 
  5. ^ Bakst, Brian (August 24, 2012). "Ron Paul's aura leaves GOP, Romney in tricky spot". Yahoo! News. AP. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Broderick D. Johnson
White House Cabinet Secretary


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