Lynch started her undergraduate studies as an acting major. But, she says, "it only took one year to realize that my strengths laid somewhere else." She worked for former Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., before attending law school in 2000. Now as counsel in charge of law-enforcement agencies and the federal criminal code, she has been on a roller-coaster ride this year, facing legal questions on everything from the IRS probe to the NSA leaks. Lynch, 39, keeps the committeecarbed up by regularly bringing in her home-baked goods.