In a town where everyone inflates their own importance, GQ offers their biennial list of the men and women whose decisions actually matter. People with the last names Obama and Biden not included.

U.S._Capitol_Building_at_NightIn a town where everyone inflates their own importance, GQ offers their biennial list of the men and women whose decisions actually matter. People with the last names Obama and Biden not included.

The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington: Top Ten
1. Eric Cantor, Virginia Representative, House Majority Leader
2. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Senator, Senate Minority Leader
3. David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to the President
4. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense
5. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
6. Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Federal Reserve
7. David Petraeus, Director, CIA
8. Kevin McCarthy, California Representative, House Majority Whip
9. Peter Rouse, Counselor to the President, the White House
10. Tom Donohue, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Source: Reid Cherlin, Rob Fischer, Jason Horowitz and Jason Zengerle | GQ