50 Politicos To Keep An Eye On

The vintage viewfinder that graces our cover makes me think about all the other seemingly eternal pleasures from my childhood that have gone out of style, if not disappeared entirely.

But this POLITICO special edition is concerned with a phenomenon that will never fall from grace in Washington, D.C.: the constant search for the people who will set this city’s agenda.

In our annual 50 Politicos to Watch issue, we bring you a snapshot of the politicians, bureaucrats, administration officials, campaign gurus, military brass, fixers and party hounds you need to keep an eye on in the weeks and months ahead. For good measure, we’ve included some of the hottest new restaurants in town that you may want to try and an essay by our own Roger Simon about the perils of celebrity and also of gnawing on unthawed frozen pizza — or something like that.

The list is neither scientific in its methodology nor all-inclusive in scope. It’s the brainchild of POLITICO reporters and editors, and we hope it’s taken in the spirit of fun with which it was created. If you feel you were deserving and didn’t make it, perhaps next year. In any case, we hope you enjoy the issue.

Below you’ll find a list of our ones to watch:

The freshmen

Sen. Scott Brown, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Gregg Harper

Instant GOP stars

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Kristi Noem, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Rep. Paul Ryan

New administration faces

David Plouffe, Chuck Hagel, Cecilia Munoz, Chris Gregoire, Jennifer Granholm

The Obama generation

Ben LaBolt, Joshua DuBois, Heather Zichal, Nancy Hogan, Alaina Beverly,

The game changers

Beth Noveck, Lisa Jackson, Jay Angoff, Alec Ross, David Vladeck,

Top 2012 staffer gets

Gentry Collins, Mike DuHaime, Anne Hathaway, Rob Jesmer, Nick Ayers

The anointed

Ian Gershengorn, Preeta Bansal, Caitlin Halligan

Next-generation military

Adm. James Stavridis, Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum

Media stars

Dave Weigel, David Chalian, Jason Horowitz, Matea Gold, Jennifer Steinhauer

The scenemakers

Jim Courtovich, Reggie Love, Andrew Breitbart, Tammy Haddad, Terry McAuliffe

The fixers

Bob Barnett, Philippe Reines, Samantha Tubman, Thomas Boggs Jr.

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2 Responses to “50 Politicos To Keep An Eye On”

  1. JMW

    Kristi Noem is a big deal in South Dakota! She is creating energy amongst South Dakotan's similar to John Thune's epic 2004 victory against Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Kristi is a rockstar and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin is in trouble!

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