Derek is a 3rd generation Hoosier and a resident of Lawrence, Indiana, where he lives with his wife, Nicole. Graduating from Purdue University in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and History, he currently attends the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Since graduating from Purdue, Derek has worked at a bankruptcy trustee office assisting debtors in successfully discharging their debt. He started his own business in 2014 providing DJ services for weddings and other events. Derek also serves as the president of the Indiana Young Democrats, an organization dedicated to getting young people involved in the political process. Since becoming president in March 2017, he has increased membership by over 500% and expanded the organization’s reach into more counties around the state.