Rauner Announces Two Administration Hires

December 12, 2014

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced today that Jason Barclay will join the administration as general counsel while Kathy Lydon will serve as its D.C. director.

“Jason and Kathy will both bring invaluable experience and expertise to the governor’s office,” Gov.-elect Rauner said. “Jason has a top flight legal and strategic mind and brings a deep understanding of how one the country’s most successful governor’s offices operated. Kathy already has relationships with our Congressional delegation and knows how to navigate the federal government as well as anyone in Illinois. Most importantly, both are committed to transforming Illinois and making it the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.”

About Jason Barclay

Jason Barclay is currently a partner at the law firm Barnes & Thornburg where he focuses on some of the firm’s most challenging litigation cases and is widely regarded as one of Indiana’s top trial attorneys. Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as legal counsel in the office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. In state government, Jason had a particularly sharp focus on public ethics, helping guide one of the nation’s most comprehensive and highly regarded integrity and compliance programs. He also played a key role in executing the legal strategies necessary to implement Governor Daniels’ agenda.

Jason earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife, Sarah, are the proud parents of three children, Annie, Will and Beau.

About Kathy Lydon

Kathy Lydon most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Representative Judy Biggert, a position she held for 14 years. As chief of staff, Kathy oversaw all aspects of Rep. Biggert’s office, including legislative and policy initiatives. Kathy has also served in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. State Department and for U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy.

Kathy graduated from Georgetown University and earned an M.B.A from the University of Chicago.