Derek Hein

Derek Hein joined the Catalyst team in June 2017. With over a decade of experience in both lobbying and in-house state government affairs, Derek brings vast practical knowledge in the areas of multi-state lobbying, business development, strategy and client management.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Derek was the manager of government affairs for DraftKings, one of the leading daily fantasy sports operations and one of the most disruptive industries in sports. At DraftKings, he helped build and launch the national government affairs platform for the company.

As the in-house manager of government affairs at DraftKings, Derek oversaw state legislative activities for most of the Midwest and western part of the country.  He was instrumental in advancing legislation in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York and Tennessee. At a time when the Daily Fantasy Sports industry was in danger of being shut down, Derek helped lead the charge for states to give the industry legal status, while also providing players with strong consumer protections.

Derek has testified before legislative committees and regulatory boards in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He has also served on numerous legislative panels for organizations including National Conference of State Legislatures, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and American Legislative Exchange Council.

Prior to DraftKings, Derek spent nearly a decade working as a government relations specialist in his home state of Kansas. There he helped modernize liquor laws by legalizing “Happy Hour” in Kansas and by expanding strong beer and wine sales to grocery and convenience stores. He worked to minimize burdensome red tape for a variety of industries, including alcohol, tobacco, cable television, oil and gas, and title lending.

As the son of a three-time kidney transplant recipient, Derek did pro bono work for the National Kidney Foundation and was successful in passage of an Organ Donor Tax Credit to help organ donors recoup expenses when giving the gift of life. Derek also served on Donate Life Team Kansas with the Midwest Transplant Network to help advocate for state recognition of organ donation through an annual proclamation by the governor and an official Donate Life License Plate.

Derek has a passion for helping those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. He serves as the director of a men’s sober and transitional living home in Lawrence, KS, which provides young men an opportunity to be successful in the journey to long-term sobriety.

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