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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 8, 2012

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DAVID SELTZ
31, SINGLE, BEACON HILL
GOVERNOR'S SPECIAL ADVISOR ON HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT

"The most adorable metrosexual in the governor's cabinet," one of our panelists says. Others rave over his seersucker suits, bowties, and impeccable daily style that he calls "preppy politico." (Rumor has it his socks always match his tie.)

Seltz is also in charge of improving the efficiency and quality of the state's health care system — hired away from State Senate President Therese Murray after helping her create a cost-containment law for that system.

"Being the absolute authority on healthcare reform never looked so good," a panelist says.

Job title: Special advisor on health care cost containment

Held since: August, 2012

Age: 31

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: Single

Home: Beacon Hill

Originally from: Midwest born and raised: Detroit and Minneapolis.

What you do: I work with a team of extremely talented public servants who are committed to advancing health care reform in Massachusetts. We spend every day talking to people who represent hospitals, doctors, health plans, and businesses, about strategies to improve the efficiency and quality of our health care system for the benefit of all.

Other jobs: For almost nine years I had the distinct honor of working for the first woman president of the Massachusetts Senate, Therese Murray.

Path to Beacon Hill: I graduated from Boston College in 2003, and like many college graduates had very little in the way of future plans. I returned home to Minnesota to live with my parents, and moved office furniture for a summer. Desperate to move back to Boston, I applied for a budget analyst position for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. I knew no one on Beacon Hill, and very little about state government, and generally had no idea what I was getting myself into. Senator Murray took a chance on me, offered me an opportunity to be the health care analyst, and in so doing changed my life.

Personal style: Preppy politico.

Favorite thing about working in the State House: That it is both a historic building and a working building. Governor Samuel Adams and Paul Revere laid the cornerstone of the State House on July 4th, 1795. And here it is today, two centuries later, a place where hundreds of people go to work every day and keep adding to that history.

One thing you would change to make State House work more "beautiful": Less mice.

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