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Capitol Hill

Democrats

    Russo 

Peter Russo

"I'll keep your secret if you keep mine."
Played By: Corey Stoll

Works hard... plays even harder.

A Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional Districtnote  who gets drawn into Underwood's plans.
  • The Alcoholic: Frank talks him into going to AA meetings at one point, then makes sure it doesn't take.
  • Butt Monkey: The guy never catches a break, and while some of his misfortune is his own fault, it gets worse thanks to being under Frank's thumb.
  • Composite Character: An amalgamation of Mr. Stoat, an MP with a minor role, fond of prostitues and "saved" by Francis Urquhart in the original after being pulled over by the police, and of Roger O'Neill, a conservative embezzler and cocaine addict.
  • The Corruptible: Because of his desire to do good and gain respect
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has a long history of drug abuse and questionable sexual liaisons which dog his political career. It's also stated that he didn't have a happy childhood; from what we see of his interactions with his mother, this is entirely believable.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After getting drunk and ruining his interview and thus his campaign for governor and his relationship with Christina
  • Fatal Flaw: His weaknesses for booze and women. They've dogged him as long as he's been in politics, and are responsible for the mistake that ends his career and ultimately his life.
  • Forced Into Evil: By Frank, who uses blackmail and manipulation to push him into rolling over in front of the Brack commission, thus betraying the people who got him into office.
  • The Hedonist: Loves alcohol, beautiful younger women, and drugs.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: After reaching his Despair Event Horizon, Russo plans to come clean about everything and accept responsibility. Frank kills him before he can do any such thing.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Several people mention that he is handsome.
  • Tragic Hero/Tragic Villain: Sleazy as he is, the man is well meaning, attempts to put his life in order and have some decency, but Frank's extortion and schemes destroy his good intentions and trap him in villainy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Frank seemingly set Peter up to fail so he could convince the Vice President to take Peter's place in the governor's race and allow Frank to take over the now vacant Vice Presidency.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just when things are finally looking up for him, Frank sees to it that he gets drunk for his phone interview and subsequently falls hard.

    Birch 

Robert 'Bob' Birch

Played By: Larry Pine

A Democratic Congressman from Michigan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    Womack 

Terry Womack

Played By: Curtiss Cook

A congressman from Missouri's 5th congressional district and the leader of the Black Caucus. Rises to the position of House Majority Leader thanks to Frank.

    Blythe 

Donald Blythe

Played By: Reed Birney

Democrat of New Hampshire, a respected and long-serving Representative who constantly gets in Frank's way due to his staunch liberal beliefs. He has a wife suffering from Alzheimers.

    Sharp 

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Sharp

Played By: Molly Parker

A congresswoman from California and military veteran tapped by Underwood to succeed him as Majority Whip when he is made Vice President. While she claims to work for herself and not be beholden to others, she sees her position constantly tested through her ties to Frank, Claire, and Remy Danton.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted, kind of. She believes Remy Danton is this because of his pursuit of money, thinking he's a playboy. Turns out he's really a one woman type of man and doesn't like one night stands, which he makes clear after having one with her.]
  • Ambition Is Evil: Frank noticed this quickly about her and chose her because of it. He later makes her an offer to join him in his plans for becoming POTUS with his wife Claire.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Done in a very subtle way to someone who isn't an enemy, but becomes one by the end of the episode.
  • It Doesn't Mean Anything: Tries to take this stance after having sex with Remy Danton for the first time. However, ultimately subverted as she develops a serious relationship with him by the end of season 2. When they break up, she tries to put this front up.
  • Just Following Orders: Sharp's excuse for her actions which resulted in the deaths of many innocent women and children in the Middle East when she was in the military before becoming a congresswoman.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Sharp' certainly fits her. She has a sharp mind, and she's lethal.
  • Lonely at the Top: After becoming Majority Whip, she loses one of her few friendships in the world and puts her career ahead of a budding romance with Remy, who even points out the job has made her cold.
  • Worthy Opponent: Proves to be an equal to Claire Underwood in every way, after the two match wits over a bill about male military officers and rape. Impressed by this, Claire decides to work with Sharp and make her an offer to join Frank in their plans for the White House.

Republicans

    Mendoza 

Hector Mendoza

Played By: Benito Martinez

A Republican Senator from Arizona and the Senate Majority Leader.

    Haas 

Curtis Haas

Played By: Michael Park

A Republican Senator and member of the Tea Party movement.