Eric Bohl

Age: 32
Hometown: Harrisonville, Mo.
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Married

Walk by Eric Bohl on Capitol Hill and you might mistake him for someone else. With his black thick-rimmed glasses and similar haircut, he is often compared to President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney.

"My mother-in-law told me, when I showed her a photo of him: 'You do look like him! Except he looks younger,' " he said.

In reality, Carney is 16 years older than Bohl.

Bohl, the chief of staff for Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), keeps young by running half-marathons and tracking everything he eats.

"Not that it stops me from eating anything," he said, confessing to a sweet tooth.

His family also helps him to keep a youthful glow, he says. His wife has made friends who don't work in politics, giving Bohl something else to talk about at the end of the day, and his two young children, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old, don't fully understand the kind of work their dad does, which means he can come home and truly escape the office.

"I was explaining what I do to my son and now he believes that [Hartzler] was part of every law ever passed," he said.

His good balance of home life and work makes Bohl enjoy his time on Capitol Hill even more, says Bohl. He never thought he'd work with Congress, however, having studied geography as an undergrad at the University of Missouri and eventually getting a law degree. Yet his unorthodox educational background plays a large part in his position because as a geography major, he says, "you study a little bit of everything."

Bohl plans to stay on Capitol Hill, and he also hopes to meet Carney one day, he said — to see if the press secretary himself notices a resemblance.

— Tianna Manon

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