Bash, 39, cut his teeth as a top aide to California Representative Jane Harman and then shepherded Leon Panetta, Obama's pick to be CIA director, through the confirmation process. He made such a good impression on Panetta that the top spook hired him.
Who is your political hero/inspiration?
The seven CIA officers who gave their lives in service of our country on December 30, 2009, in Afghanistan
What's your go-to political blog?
Mike Allen's Playbook
If you weren't working in politics, what would you be doing?
Realistically, practicing law. Preferably, practicing guitar.
What's the most overlooked issue facing America these days?
The vulnerability of our country to cyber attacks.
Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
Working in the Intelligence Community to help stop terrorists from getting nuclear weapons. That would be a game-changer.