David Gauke was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice between 8 January 2018 and 24 July 2019. He was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West in May 2005.
Born in 1971 and educated at Northgate High School in Ipswich, David read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor.
David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification and corporation tax reform. He was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in July 2014 where he served until July 2016.
He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 2016 to June 2017.
Career outside politics
After qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, David worked for a leading City firm before entering Parliament in 2005.
David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 sons.