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Characters: House Of Cards US Capitol

Season 2 spoilers follow. You have been warned.

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Capitol Hill

    Peter Russo 

Congressman Peter Russo

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

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Bob Birch 

Robert 'Bob' Birch

Played By: Larry Pine

    Terry Womack 

Terry Womack

Played By: Curtiss Cook

    Donald Blythe 

Rep. Donald Blythe

Played By: Reed Birney

    Hector Mendoza 

Hector Mendoza

Played By: Benito Martinez

A Republican Senator from Florida and the Senate Majority Leader.


  • Friendly Enemy: He's on the opposing side to Frank, but they're quite civil and get along relatively well.
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