William C. (Bill) Bates lives and works in Washington, DC. Over a twenty year career, he has been a lobbyist for the telecom industry; a congressional staffer for a senior Member of Congress from Silicon Valley; and a political consultant. He is currently an executive with an economic policy think tank. He holds an master's degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in Government and History from Cornell University. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and their two sons. He's an obsessive runner with 25 marathons under his belt. He told ridiculous stories to his sons as they grew and finally got around to writing a few down.