Sage Eastman is a senior Republican strategist with two decades of policy, political and government experience. While as steeped in political campaigns as he is in congressional policy debates, Eastman is most known for his close relationships and being widely respected on both sides of the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill.
Having spent six years as a senior counselor to the Ways and Means Committee and its Members – serving variously as Senior Advisor, Deputy Staff Director and Director of Strategy – there isn’t a tax, health or trade battle that Eastman hasn’t worked. During his tenure on the Hill, Eastman was as likely to be found huddled on the House floor with senior House Republican leadership staff as he was working to bring about an unprecedented era of cooperation between the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.
Eastman was a key driver behind the Ways and Means Committee’s extensive work to craft the most comprehensive re-write of the tax code since 1986, quarterbacking the effort to solicit and incorporate input from stakeholders and thought leaders.
With repeat appearances on Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” list, Eastman was also in constant contact with leadership of the Senate Finance Committee and helped bring about bi-partisan, bi-cameral successes such as three long-stalled trade agreements, the tri-committee rewrite of the Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called doc fix), and the payroll conference report.
Prior to serving on the Ways & Means Committee, Eastman was Congressman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) communications director and senior strategist. Eastman joined Camp’s staff after nearly a decade in Michigan politics where he first worked for then-Governor John Engler; spearheaded the state GOP’s communications and research efforts; and served in the Executive Office of the Michigan Attorney General.
Sage lives with his wife and three children in Alexandria, Virginia, but they all prefer to be up on his centennial family farm in Vermont.