Will Layden was born just outside of Washington, D.C., but considers himself a native Illinoisan, having grown up in Western Springs nearly his my life. Layden graduated from Lyons Township High School in 2011, lettering in both track and cross country. As an Eagle Scout, Layden has always been civically engaged and passionate about politics. This passion led him to Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with an emphasis on political statistics.
Following his graduation in 2015, Layden worked in New Hampshire for the bipartisan nonprofit NoLabels before moving to Washington, D.C. His Hill career started with the Committee on Natural Resources, first as a staff assistant for the full committee and eventually working to research assistant with the Federal Lands Subcommittee. Layden currently works 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, Layden says that his Illinois roots run deep. He recently completed his first Chicago Marathon, both of his parents are small Illinois business owners and he is a lifelong Cubs fan. Layden's first hill internship was with Rep. Peter Roskam, and he has have been active with both the Illinois State Society and the Illinois State Society Young Professionals since moving to D.C.