Rob Porter is an American lawyer and former political aide who served as White House Staff Secretary for President Donald Trump from January 20, 2017, until February 7, 2018. He was previously Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Similarly, Porter resigned his position as White House Staff Secretary after domestic abuse allegations from both of his former wives came to public attention.
Porter grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. He is the son of Roger B. Porter, a former aide to President George H. W. Bush and currently IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University. Porter’s mother Ann Porter, who died in May 2017, was Faculty Dean of Harvard’s Dunster House dormitory. After graduating from high school, Porter interned in the U.S. Senate. He attended Harvard University, where he studied government and was president of the Harvard Republican Club.
After his freshman year at Harvard, he began a two-year stint as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London. During the summer of his junior year, Porter completed an internship at the White House and worked for the Domestic Policy Council. He graduated in 2002. Porter was a Rhodes Scholar, studying Political Theory at the University of Oxford, where his thesis research focused on C.S. Lewis prior to graduation in 2005. Porter then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 2008, with his Juris Doctor.
Porter has worked for Senators Rob Portman and Mike Lee. Similarly, in March 2014, Porter began working for Senator Orrin Hatch. Porter was initially appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and was promoted to Chief of Staff in June of that year. Similarly, Porter left the role in January 2017, to become White House Staff Secretary for President Donald Trump. Porter resigned from the position on February 7, 2018, following public allegations of spousal abuse from his two ex-wives. He was succeeded on an acting basis by Derek Lyons.
In 2003, Porter married Colbie Holderness; they divorced in 2008 and she said he had physically abused her multiple times throughout their marriage. In 2009, he married Jennifer Willoughby. After repeated verbal abuse, she obtained a restraining order against him in 2010. They divorced in 2013.
Porter has been dating former White House Director of Communications Hope Hicks. Similarly, he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was raised a member of the church and served a full-time, 24-month mission. He became less active in his church around the time of his second divorce.
- Full Name: Robert Roger Porter
- Date of Birth: October 25, 1977
- Age: 42 years
- Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Party: Republican Party
- Spouse: Jennifer Willoughby (m since 2009–2013), Colbie Holderness (m. 2003–2008)
- Education: Harvard Law School (since 2008), New College (2005), Harvard University (2002), University of Oxford
- Parents: Roger B. Porter, Ann Porter
- Net Worth: N/A
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