Will Layden

While I was born just outside of Washington, D.C., I consider myself a native Illinoisan, having grown up in Western Springs nearly all my life. I graduated from Lyons Township High School in 2011, lettering in both track and cross country. As an Eagle Scout, I have always been civically engaged and passionate about politics. This passion led me to Clemson University following high school, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with an emphasis on political statistics.

Following my graduation in 2015, I worked briefly in New Hampshire for the bipartisan nonprofit NoLabels, before moving to Washington, D.C. My Hill career started with the Committee on Natural Resources, first as a staff assistant with the full committee, and eventually working to research assistant with the Federal Lands Subcommittee. I work currently as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Bruce Westerman, handling the natural resources and agricultural portfolio for Congress’ only forester.

Despite working for an Arkansas member, and having lived and worked in both New Hampshire and South Carolina over the past eight years, my Illinois roots run deep. I recently completed my first Chicago Marathon, my parents are both small business owners in the state, and I’m a lifelong Cubs fan. My first hill internship was with Rep. Peter Roskam, and I have been active with both the Illinois State Society and the Illinois State Society Young Professionals since moving to D.C.