Eastman is well-plugged-in as political and policy adviser to committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., having worked for Camp for 10 years, serving previously as his communications director. Eastman moved to the committee when Camp became ranking member in 2009 and still acts as the core of the Camp team's PR and political machine.
Eastman's job is to gauge the political viability of various policy proposals. He coordinates the policy vision of the chairman and devises strategies for implementing it given the political pressures coming from committee members, the leadership, and the GOP conference.
On tax reform, he manages interaction with outside groups and devises a plan for what can be discussed publicly with them. He is also relied on to figure out what issues are going to require the most work to get members up to speed and on board and how a bill can be crafted that will get through the committee.
Eastman, 38, grew up in Vermont, but went to school in Michigan and started his political career with the Michigan Republican Party working on a number of campaigns, so he understands the political forces Camp faces back home.