Sage Eastman, Majority Strategy and Public-Affairs Director

Sage Eastman, Majority Strategy and Public-Affairs Director
National Journal
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Stacy Kaper
Oct. 23, 2013, 2 p.m.

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.