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Derrik Gay is a Marine Corps and Iraq War veteran, attorney, Democrat, husband, and father who has dedicated his life to service. The son of a union worker and dental assistant, Derrik learned early the value of hard work and the importance of opportunity. Inspired by his grandfather’s military service and moved by the events of September 11th, Derrik joined the Marine Corps. After earning an ROTC scholarship, he went on to be the first in his family to graduate from college.
During his 13 years as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps, Derrik deployed to Iraq and commanded an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detachment, led and developed entry-level trainees at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and conducted bilateral military exercises throughout Asia. As a reservist, he volunteered to return to active service to lead the intelligence efforts of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force providing disaster assistance after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Derrik continued his service in the Medical Reserve Corps, where he helped the efforts to vaccinate Texans against Covid-19. He has also helped organize and run third-party fundraisers in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star as he understands the importance of a mentor in a young child’s life. Outside of his military and civil service, Derrik earned law and business degrees from Northwestern University, and currently practices law in Dallas.
A lifelong servant leader, Derrik once again felt compelled to uphold his oath to the Constitution after the attack on our democracy on January 6th. He recognizes that Texans deserve a representative who will lead with honor, values, and commitment. Derrik will fight to defend our democracy, invest in a strong economy and good-paying jobs, and work to ensure everyone benefits from the tremendous growth in North Texas. He will ensure that we give small businesses and working families the support they need to fully recover from the pandemic, and fight so that no one has to choose between paying the bills and filling their prescriptions.
Derrik resides in Dallas with his wife Ariel, two young sons Andrew and Michael, and their dog Riley.