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Selina Catherine Meyer
"I'm the Vice President of the United States, you stupid little fuckers!"
The foul-mouthed Vice President of the United States who longs for more power. She becomes President at the end of season 3, after the previous President unexpectedly resigns. After the end of the Meyer administration, she starts a charitable foundation to end adult literacy. And AIDS. And to promote democracy.

  • Abusive Parents: Selina's mother was cold and cruel to her, and Selina ended up treating her own daughter in much the same way.
  • Annoying Laugh: When she is in a flirtatious mood toward her ex-husband Andrew.
  • Bad Boss: See Never My Fault.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When she becomes President, the consequences for fuck-ups become much bigger.
  • Broken Pedestal: Selina idolized her father up until the events of "Chicklet", where her uncle tells her that her father was an adulturer who died having sex with his secretary and that he was involved in numerous shady financial dealings, just like Selina's ex-husband Andrew.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: In "Baseball", she discovers that she's pregnant, much to her horror, as she's unmarried. She has a miscarriage in the very next episode.
  • Corrupt Politician: Finally happens in Season 5 when she stops at nothing to buy the House vote, which includes colluding with the Chinese government.
  • Deadpan Snarker: But only behind closed doors. Publicly, she sticks to safe (and lame) jokes.
  • Deceptive Legacy: Grew up thinking her father was a wonderful man who built the family fortune and her mother a cold woman who sold off Selina's beloved horse. In season 6, Selina discovers her dad was a scam artist who would have bankrupted the family if not for her mother's business smarts. Also, he was cheating on her mom with his secretary and Selina's mother kept the truth hidden, letting Selina hate her rather than ruin the image of her father.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Has a tendency to stick her foot in her mouth, and then ingest said foot, whenever she's put on the spot without preparation. Given that she's a high-ranking politician, these situations are her day job.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of Selina being largely depicted as incompetent, she consistently has moments which show how she was able to become an accomplished Senator, mount a presidential campaign and become Vice President.
    • In "Debate" she is shown to be an effective public speaker who can think on her feet.
    • A clip of a presidential debate shown in "Mommy Meyer" suggests that she is much better public speaker than her opponent, Bill O'Brien.
    • In "Congressional Ball", she ruthlessly and successfully browbeats fellow politicians to keep them in line.
    • In spite of Tom James' status as The Ace, in Season 5 she sees through and averts his schemes more than once.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother, whom Selina once claimed was a "pathological narcissist" that routinely neglected and mocked her only daughter, was apparently a large source of grief for her growing up. The irony in her telling this information to Catherine is justifiably lost on Selina.note 
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: In Season 6, Selina's party wants nothing to do with her, she has to deal with President Montez becoming a Nobel Peace Laureate by stealing credit for Selina's accomplishments, and she's financially dependent on her daughter.
  • Hypocritical Humor: See It's All About Me.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In "Nicknames," when she learns about all the various nicknames given to her by bloggers, the one she takes the greatest issue with is "Viagra Prohibitor."
    They are saying that a prescription medication that is supposed to guarantee a strong and sustained erection in all men despite their age or their health is rendered ineffective by me? You know what? You no longer search on the nicknames!
  • Important Haircut: She gets a short haircut when she's running for President in season 3.
  • Informed Ability: Supposedly a politician of some repute, but with a habit of gaffes, yet on the show she appears to be clueless, surrounding herself with an even more clueless staff, and being unable to effectively engage in the kind of small talk with voters that real politicians do all the time.
  • It's All About Me: She tries to deny it, but it's true. In "Catherine" she says, "I know not everything is about me," to her daughter — while hiding in a closet filled with pictures, posters, and cardboard cutouts of herself.
    • Selina becomes incredibly incensed when she learns that Mike and his wife Wendy are trying IVF:
      Selina: I can't have Mike getting what's-her-ass all knocked up and pregnant, becoming some sort of dad during my campaign.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Attended Smith College
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk Initially she had some Heart of Gold moments, especially with Catherine. But as the series progressed she became an increasingly terrible person and stopped showing humanity even to her daughter. And her few genuine accomplishments (like Tibet) were lucky byproducts of her terrible behavior.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Truth in Television, the Vice Presidential position is notorious for being a graveyard for political influence, with some exceptions - Al Gore, George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon, for example. Selina is apparently not one of them.
    Selina: What am I missing these days?
    Senator Hallows: Power.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: It's implied that she had drunken sex with another woman back in college.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: As a middle-aged, divorced politician, the last thing she wants is another child, so of course she gets pregnant after having unprotected sex one time.
  • Mistaken for Racist: In "Chung", Selina is mistakenly informed that Danny Chung, the Chinese American governor of Minnesota was not born in the U.S., so she says on Meet the Press that Chung can't run for President, because he's "technically not an American".
  • Mrs. Robinson: Explicitly stated by Jonah, who wonders out loud how many drinks it would take for something to happen between them.
  • Never My Fault: She shifts blame for any mistake on to her staff.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A female senator who ran a campaign to be President before being shunted into an administration job by the victorious nominee? Hillary Rodham Clinton. A Vice-President from a mid-Atlantic state with a habit of unfortunate gaffes? Joe Biden.
  • No Party Given: Selina's party is never named, though the issues she stands for seem to be vaguely liberal, suggesting that she's a Democrat.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Kissing Your Sister" after the House vote is undecided and Tom James is all but certain to take the presidency, she just walks out of the Oval Office forlornly. No screaming, no blaming staff, just straight quiet to the point that it's almost a Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Pet the Dog: She shows an odd concern for the well-being of the President when Kent informs her that he's resigning.
  • Power Hair: She gets a short haircut when she's running for President in season 3. Louis-Dreyfus (who wears a wig for the role) said that her own hair "does not look like hair that‘s inside the Beltway".
    • It comes in for a good deal of mockery.
      Ben: (at Selina's second swearing-in ceremony) They're gonna have a field day with that haircut. "Thai Ladyboy Made Head of Sweatshop."
    • However, in season 4, after she becomes President, she lets her hair grow out again.
  • The Scapegoat: Essentially her role for the President and the rest of the administration when a major scandal comes along. Even when Selina actually accomplishes something spectacular, like successfully negotiating the budget talks with the House majority leader in order to avoid a government shutdown, POTUS stalls on the deal and lets the shutdown happen in order to take attention away from the hostage crisis blowout where one of them was a CIA spy, thereby blaming Selina.
    Ben: Madam Vice President, greatest respect, but it has been the job of the VP over the ages to, you know, take it in the ass to save the President.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Her filthy mouth was noted by several reviewers.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Selina learns that her exhaustion was a mild heart attack, she's overjoyed because it means that she's not experiencing menopause.
  • Slave to PR: Selina's stance on any issue will be determined by what impression it will have in the media.
  • The Un-Favourite: To the administration. In season 1, her main project is a "clean jobs" bill, which she eventually has to veto personally, when the President pulls his support. In season 2, the President gives her a more prominent role in foreign policy, only to throw her under the bus when a major scandal comes along.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Selina is selfish, shallow, amoral and incompetent. She does not seem to have any political convictions; all she cares about is how she appears before the voters.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The media makes her out to be this due to her over-privileged background, especially after a quote in her book about how she learned about the tough life of American farmers through grooming her pony as a child. Saturday Night Live even does a sketch about this... and then Meyer turns up in a follow-up one (Dreyfus was in fact in SNL herself)
    Selina: So I had a horse as a kid, who didn't? Have a pet, is what I meant.
    • Selina also says that you shouldn't be a millionaire at a young age: "You shouldn't make your first million until you're in your thirties. That's what Andrew and I did and it kept us completely grounded."
  • Woman Scorned: In the middle of her divorce with Andrew, she torched his car and got away with it.

Amy Brookheimer

Played By: Anna Chlumsky
"If you can't take the heat, buy asbestos panties".

The long-suffering Vice Presidential Chief of Staff. In the middle of season 3, she is promoted to Selina's campaign manager to replace Dan after his London trainwreck, only to later briefly resign over Selina's refusal to take her advice. After the end of the Meyer administration, Amy has a brief stint as her fiancé Buddy Calhoun's campaign manager, but she quickly rejoins Selina as her personal assistant.

  • Beleaguered Assistant. Like everyone in Selina's staff, she's are completely overworked and constantly forced to put out fires. In season 4, she can't take it any longer, tells off Selina and quits.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Dan. The two of them dated for a week sometime before the series began and normally can't stomach one another, but they do occasionally seem to care about one another a bit more than most colleagues do. In Season 6, they have drunken sex offscreen, which results in Amy getting pregnant.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Consistently, she is the most competent and adept member of Selina's staff.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Her manipulations in "Special Relationship" result in Dan having a nervous breakdown and losing his position as campaign manager, with Amy getting the job.
  • Married to the Job:
    • Work seems to be much more important to Amy than her personal life. She didn't even know about her one-year anniversary with her boyfriend until he told her. Even then, she didn't care, because she had something urgent to do.
      Ed: Kind of seems more appropriate now that it's just the two of us.
      Amy: No, you have to go too.
      Ed: Amy! It's our anniversary!
      Amy: Please do not tell me you are one of those fucking weirdos that celebrates three-month-aversaries!
      Ed: It's actually a year.
      Amy: A year in which you neglected to tell me about Jeff Kanenote .
    • In Season 6, she's shown to be completely uninterested in sex with her fiancé. She only gets excited when he encourages her to rant about how much she hates his opponent, and even then she's more interested in the politics than having sex with him.
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: Amy is criticized by her family for not wanting children.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In season 4, when Selina brings on Karen, an useless Yes-Man to be her adviser, and values her opinions more than Amy's, Amy has a meltdown, delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to both Karen and Selina and quits her job on the spot.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Dan, though she'd deny it.
  • Workaholic: Amy neglects her personal life for the sake of her job and it seems that she's simply unable to relax. Sue explicitly describes her as a workaholic in "Election Night":
    She's a workaholic. She works frantically to avoid dealing with her weird mix of lack of self-worth and narcissism.
  • Working with the Ex: She and Dan dated for a week. She apparently has no fond memories of it.
    Amy: It was like getting over mild food poisoning.

Gary Walsh

Played By: Tony Hale
"I'm next to the Veep more than any other human being. I'm her moon."
The fiercely loyal personal assistant to the Vice President.

  • Berserk Button: Gary is normally a pushover, but he gets very angry when someone hurts Selina. He also flips out when Selina says that he's unimportant to her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When it's discovered Andrew is cheating on Selina, Gary screams and tries to throttle the man right in a limo.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Establishing Character Moment: Burns his hands holding VP Meyer's hot coffee cup while she has an idle conversation. He'll go on to do similar things in later episodes.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: As opposed to pretty much everyone else on the show, Gary almost never uses profanity. An example of the contrast in "Nicknames", when he and Amy tell Selina about the unflattering nicknames bloggers gave her, and he brings up VPILF:
    Gary: You know what that means? Vice President I Would Like to, you know, fool around with.
    Amy: Fuck.
    • Precision F-Strike: On the other hand, there were a few moments where Gary has been pushed to his limits that this happens, as Dana's cheese shop employee, the Statue of Liberty, and eventually Selina find out.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gary is clearly in love with Selina and gets very passive aggressive with her boyfriends.
  • Grew a Spine: In season 4, after Gary makes some serious mistakes, Selina chews him out and tells him that he's unimportant to her. Gary reacts with uncharacteristic anger, reminding Selina that he's more than just her bagman.
    I've broken my body for you. I've let myself to be laughed at, I've let myself to be humiliated and I'm happy to do it! Most of the time, you don't even know that I exist, but I'm fucking everything to you!
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After he walks in on Selina and Tom James having sex, he can barely walk down the hall, whimpering to himself.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seems to know everything about everyone in the Washington DC political scene, including his boss. This is very useful to Selina. Has pretty much no knowledge of policy, but that's not his job.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: He shows strong signs of being in love with Selina, who either doesn't notice it or doesn't care about it.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: While playing devil's advocate, Dan predicts that Selina's policy will destroy America, capping it off by saying that she'll become so infamous that no one will ever name their child Selina again. After a stunned moment of silence, Gary says, "My God... no more Selinas?" He's immediately shushed.
  • Taking the Bullet: Well, it's actually a sneeze bullet.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Selina. He even breaks up with her boyfriend!
  • The Unfavorite: His parents have far more love for Bruce, Gary's stillborn twin, even keeping the crib meant for him, more than their living son who works for the President.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His dad has little respect for him and his job.

Mike McLintock

Played By: Matt Walsh
"Hey, you can't read everything. I don't read everything I'm supposed to".
The rather incompetent Director of Communications for the Vice President. At the end of season 3, he becomes the White House Press Secretary. After the end of the Meyer administration, Mike briefly becomes a stay-at-home dad before joining Selina's charitable foundation.

  • Beleaguered Assistant
  • Big Eater: Mike is usually seen stuffing his face whenever there is food around.
    Jonah: Okay, Mike. One day, you're going to wake up and find that your lungs have turned into pastry.
    • In season 4, he tries to eat more healthy at the insistence of his wife.
      Dan: Mike trying to be healthy. It's like a potato trying to whistle.
  • Brick Joke: His Bullshitzu.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets Selina to cry in an interview with the hope of making her look sympathetic. The Genre Savvy Journalist figures this out quickly.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When listing the bad things that could possibly happen and overshadow the plastic untensil incident, he hypothetically suggests that Tom Hanks might die. Everyone is horrified by this.
    • In another example, after Selina tears into him for incompetence, he only attempts to rebuff the last part:
      Selina: Remind me never to get trapped in a burning building with you, Mike.
      Mike: I'm very good in a fire.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: Mike always tries to ignore it when the Veeple People learn about something scandalous.
    Mike: (cringing) Christ, I hate knowledge.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Mike accidentally emails everyone in the West Wing the contents of Kent's flash drive, which contained polling questions like "what if POTUS lied to the American people?" and thus alerts everyone about the spy cover-up.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Described by Anthony, one of the owners of frozen yoghurt shop as a "gay Irish fireman."
  • Running Gag: In season 2, the boat he's trying to get rid of.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Mike is in charge of Selina's PR, so his incompetence turns a great many of her mistakes into fullblown scandals. However, Selina keeps him on despite his incompetence. Subverted in Season 5, where Selina decides to find a new Press Secretary to replace Mike, but she loses her bid for re-election before anything comes of it.
    • Finally comes to an end in season 6, as Mike is not included in Selina's team during her new campaign for president.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A variant. He gets Selina to cry on camera with the hope of playing up her sympathetic traits. Backfires: see Hoist by His Own Petard.

Jonah Ryan

Played By: Timothy Simons
"I'm from the White House, and what the fuck are you doing?"
Freshman congressman from New Hampshire; formerly the White House Liason to the Vice President's office, and a notorious(ly bad) womanizer. In season 3 he is fired from the White House, but is taken back on as part of a deal. In season 5, he's elected to Congress.

  • Abuse is Funny When It's Male On Male: Averted. In season 4, he gets a new boss, Teddy, who frequently fondles his balls as a power move in the office. It's never Played for Laughs, and when Dan witnesses it, he's genuinely outraged.
    • It gets even more averted when Jonah seems genuinely scarred by the experience for several episodes afterwards, and asked to testify in a class action lawsuit against Teddy in 4x06.
  • Brick Joke: His obsession with getting laid by Eights.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is hated by pretty much everyone in the Vice President's office. And the Administration. And the District. And possibly in the world.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Hits on Amy, Sue and pretty much every girl he comes into contact with. Always rebuffed.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Season 5, Jonah gets sick of Selina bossing him around and decides to campaign on an anti-Meyer platform. It works wonders for his polling, which suits Selina just fine.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from a three-month internship to a White House Liaison somehow drunk with power...and things get worse and worse from there until he gets elected to Congress, shuts down the government out of spite, and sets himself up for a presidential run at the end of season 6.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Does this incessantly. Calls the President POTUS ("Poh-tuss"), the Veep VPOTUS ("Vee-poh-tuss"), the First Dog of the United States FDOTUS ("F-doh-tus") and makes them up pretty much on the fly, such as VPVP ("Vice Presidential Visual Presence"). This annoys everybody.
    Mike: You can't just make up acronyms, Jonah.
    Jonah: Somebody has to, Mike.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After being repeatedly sexually harassed, Jonah finally realizes that sexual harassment is a terrible thing. Unfortunately, Jonah only cares about sexual harassment perpetrated against men and remains as misogynistic as ever.
  • Jerkass: Jonah is a selfish asshole, who is also incredibly annoying. Pretty much everyone who knows him holds him in contempt. It is his lack of self-awareness that really stops him from being The Scrappy.
    Mike: I'm appealing to your better nature.
    Jonah: Mike, I don't have one of those.
  • Kicked Upstairs: In Season 5, he's recruited to run for an open seat in the House of Representatives by the Meyer administration and his uncle Jeff Kane, a prominent New Hampshire political figure who actually wants the seat to go to his son Ezra, who is deployed in Afghanistan. Jonah is described as being so ineffectual that he'll be easy to replace when Ezra comes home, but as Jonah himself points out, he's very, very good at hanging onto positions he's never really deserved.
    Jonah: I went to the White House on a three-month placement and stayed for four years! I'm a MRSA infection! You don't get rid of Jonah Ryan!
  • Memetic Molester: In universe, he is described as having the face of a rapist. When Doyle hears that sexual harassment occurred in his office, he immediately thinks it was Jonah (actually he was the victim).
    Jonah: May I remind you this rapist face gets eights? Consensually, I might add.
  • Meaningful Name: Whether or not this was intentional...his name is Jonah and he's supremely unlucky.
  • Nepotism: Sort of. As we learn in season 3, he only got a job in the White House because his uncle has important political connections in New Hampshire. Jonah, however, refuses to acknowledge this.
    Jonah: Mom, do you think that you could talk to Uncle Jeff for me? I want a job on my own merits and I think he's the guy to get it for me.
  • Obfuscating Disability: In Season 6, he hides the fact that his cancer is in remission and shaves his head because being a cancer patient is good for his approval ratings.
  • Once an Episode: He will point out he works at the White House. And hit on Amy. And Sue. And everyone. See the character quote.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Dan tears into him when he finds out Jonah's position is so unimportant he cannot be used for information.
    • Jonah gives an epic denouncement against Teddy in Season 5, calling people like him (i.e. sexual harassers) soulless. Unfortunately for Jonah, Bill Erickson's creative camera work makes it look like Jonah's rant was directed at a woman with Down's Syndrome.
  • Running Gag: Hey, did you know he works at the White House? This ends in season 3, since he no longer works there.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Vastly overstates the importance of his position, and is severely lacking in self-awareness. This gets even worse in season 3 when he's fired, and insists that the pathetic trashy gossip blog he's set up is making him an Intrepid Reporter who's going to bring Washington to its knees.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jonah throws Furlong and Montez's plans into chaos when he has his "Jeffersons" caucus vote against the bipartisan budget bill, for no reason beyond spiting Furlong and the rest of Congress for not taking him seriously.

Dan Egan

Played By: Reid Scott
"This is what happens if you tell the truth. Nothing good comes of it".

The former Director of Communications for Senator Hallows, until he sabotages her in an attempt to curry favor with Selina. This gets him a job under Mike as Deputy Director of Communications for Selina. In season 3, he is chosen to be Selina's campaign manager, which completely blows up in his face and he is quickly replaced by Amy. After the end of the Meyer administration, Dan rebrands himself "Danny" and becomes a CBS news anchor.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Dan is frequently overwhelmed by Selina's demands
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Amy. The two of them dated for a week sometime before the series began and normally can't stomach one another, but they do occasionally seem to care about one another a bit more than most colleagues do. In Season 6, they have drunken sex offscreen, which results in Amy getting pregnant.
  • Blunt "Yes"
    Gary: Every single thing you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?
    Dan: Yes.
  • The Charmer: Subverted. Whenever he turns on the charm, his colleagues find it anything but.
    Mike: You know, Dan, watching you try to be nice is like watching a baby smoke a cigarette. It's kind of cool, but also very disturbing.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He will sell out whoever he works for if he thinks it can further his career, but then this is par for the course in politics. He's just the one in Selina's staff who displays it the most.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like most of the cast, Dan is frequently sarcastic.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Averted. Though clearly thinking himself as a cut above the rest, Dan's arrogance and inability to think things through causes his advice to not only be useless not once or twice, but every single time, frequently backfiring into his and/or Selina's face.
    • In season two he is told several times directly to his face that he is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Once by Kent once by oil lobbyist Sidney Purcell, and once by Selina herself, as seen in "Hostages", where Dan's attempts to sidle up to her backfire, as the VP was in the middle of reacting to the news of a marine losing his leg. He's put in his place so severely that even Gary gloats to him about it.
    • In season 3, when Selina is running for President, he promotes Dan to campaign manager. However, he ends up being unable to deal with the pressure and has a nervous breakdown. As a result, Selina replaces him with Amy.
    • Also in season 3, he leaks a (presumably false) story about Governor Chung being involved in the torture of Iraqi prisoners to Jonah in order to get his trashy news site discredited and shut down. This comes back to bite Dan in the ass when Kent threatens to fire him because the leak has been traced back to him. Of course, Dan resolves this quickly enough by getting Jonah to denounce the internet as his source for the story in exchange for a job with Selina.
    • In season 4, he reveals that he's been setting up Jonah to take the fall for the Medileaks scandal by slowly increasing his role in the administration. This, again, bites him in the ass when Ben and Kent force him to resign in disgrace.
  • Likes Older Women: In a private conversation, he says that he prefers older women due to their life experience — of course, at the time, he's flirting with Selina. Almost leads to a Mrs. Robinson moment between him and Selina, until it's ruined when he tells her his darkest secret: he killed a stray dog on a dare. Subverted in Season 6, where he is outraged at the notion that he would hit on an older woman for any reason other than personal advancement.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A highly skilled political jockey who can quickly defuse complex problems for Selina, while also making things better for himself. Or so he thinks.
  • Reality Ensues: No matter how skilled you are, sneaking in a bill opposed by the President and much of Congress will cause a shitstorm. And result in the Veep having to veto the bill she spent ages working on. He is still dealing with the fallout as of the Season One final, and possibly into Season Two.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: His willingness to sell out his team or spill secrets to pander to prospective employers makes him an undesirable hire.
  • Slasher Smile: It comes out when he's particularly on edge, either in victory or defeat.
  • Smug Snake: Dan thinks of himself as a House of Cards style schemer. In reality, he's no more competent than the rest of the cast and simply mistakes backstabbing for political prowess.
  • The Sociopath: The show is giving less-subtle hints that he seems to be of the high-functioning variety. The fact that he revealed that he killed a stray dog as a child to win a dare is leaving little room for doubt.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: He attempts it by sleeping with Amy's sister, because he thinks she can get a job for him at CBS (she actually works for CVS, a pharmacy chain).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a devastating one to Jonah.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A rare inversion - Dan sells out his boss, Senator Hallows, to dig Selina out of a scandal. In the process he gets a job on the Veep's staff. It's clear from earlier dialogue he sees the Senator as merely a stepping stone on his career.}
  • Workaholic: Dan doesn't seem to have a personal life at all. He mentions dating a woman in "Nicknames", but only to further his political career. When he finds out that she won't get an important job, he dumps her immediately.
  • Working with the Ex: Amy does not have a high opinion of him. Well, not his competence, but his personality.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: As shown above, he thinks he's far smarter than everyone and fantastic at his job, not grasping he's as much an incompetent nut as the rest of the staff.

Sue Wilson-Levinson

Played By: Sufe Bradshaw
"If I were writing a memoir, which I'm not, but if I were, whoo, this would be a big moment."

The Personal Assistant to the Vice President. Probably the most competent member of her staff. She retains her position in the Montez administration.

  • Advertised Extra: Appears mostly in background scenes, either with her Running Gag or a snark, despite being listed on the credits. She gets more screen time and a more fully-rounded character starting Season 2.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: A possible aversion, although we never see.
  • Blunt No: See Running Gag.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A particularly icy flavor of snark.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Claims to have been married a year prior to the presidential election. She didn't invite anyone from work, naturally. Apparently Catherine knew, however, since her new last name is revealed in the documentary.
    • Apparently she knows enough Korean to say "I hate you" to Mike.
  • Female Gaze: Mike jokingly accuses Sue of undressing him with her eyes.
    Sue: I'm adding more clothes, Mike.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually Sue is the calm and collected member of Selina's staff, but she breaks under the pressure of a Congressional committee.
  • Put on a Bus: She appears to have exited the series at the end of Season 5, when she remains in the Montez administration.
  • Running Gag: In season 1:
    Selina: Sue, did the President call?
    Sue: No.
  • The Stoic: Sue remains calm and professional in almost every situation. As seen in "Convention", her "elated face" is almost the same as her normal face, save from a slight hint of a smile. In "Mommy Meyer", when there's an intruder in the White House, Sue calmly keeps doing her work and even hushes a Secret Service man.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: See the character quote.
  • Token Minority: She seems to be the only black person on Selina's staff.

Ben Cafferty

Played By: Kevin Dunn

The long-suffering White House Chief of Staff for President Hughes and his successor, Selina Meyer. He and the President were college buddies. Politics has taken its toll on him. After the end of the Meyer administration and a failed stint as a Silicon Valley consultant, Ben becomes one of Jonah's advisors.

  • The Alcoholic: He isn't shy about it either.
    Amy: Anyone who talks about work tonight has to take a drink.
    Ben: Work. (Takes a drink.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: With the added bonus of being completely immune to any insults directed back at him (see Stopped Caring).
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: While working as a consultant for Uber, Ben makes the mistake of using the word "Chinaman" in front of Uber's board, which has at least two East Asian people on it. When they call him out on his use of a slur, he responds with "my wife is oriental." They promptly fire him.
  • The Eeyore: Explicitly referred to as such by Selina.
  • Jaded Washout: Selina refers to him as a "burned-out loser".
  • Married to the Job: Goes with being the White House chief of staff. Subverted in that it appears he's still Happily Married.
  • Must Have Caffeine: His coffee mug can hold nine-cups worth and he claims that if a fire were to happen in the West Wing, it would be the only thing he'd salvage.
  • Really Got Around: When discussing the possibility that Thornhill might have had an affair with a mystery person.
    Selina: 8 years ago? It could have been anyone. Could have been Ben.
    Ben: Yeah, I poked everything that moved back then.
  • Playing Both Sides: Ben's is a trusted ally of both the despotic President of Georgia and the leader of the Georgian opposition party.
  • Stopped Caring: This insulates him from the stress the rest of the cast endures for all the internal jockeying... Leaving him free to absorb all the stress of the real-world problems the Oval Office faces.
    Selina: (In response to learning about the number of pro-life and pro-choice lobbyists that she has to listen to) Is there a "pro-I-don't-give-a-shit" lobby?
    Ben Yeah, you're looking at him. I got posters, buttons,... not really, because I don't give a shit.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Selina, even before she became president.

Kent Davison

Played By: Gary Cole

White House polling adviser and senior strategist. He was also the strategist for the President on his campaign trail and forced Selina into unwanted PR situations with her ex-husband. After the end of the Meyer Administration, Kent becomes one of Jonah's advisors.

Richard Splett

Played By: Sam Richardson
A bumbling young assistant who first appears on Selina's book campaign trail, and later ends up working on the Meyer campaign. In season 4, he's promoted to Jonah's assistant in the White House. After the end of the Meyer administration, Richard becomes Selina's personal assistant.

  • Genius Ditz: Richard is supremely incompetent; he even manages to get his own name wrong while introducing himself. However, he has two doctorates and an encyclopedic knowledge about recount procedures (which was his doctoral subject.)
  • Hidden Depths Has two doctorates - one in veterinary science, and one in constitutional law.
  • Nice Guy: In stark contrast with pretty much every other character, Richard is unfailingly nice and polite to everyone.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Teetering on Stepford Smiler, depending on how aware he actually is of his status.
  • The Pollyanna: Richard is oblivious to how selfish the rest of the cast is and how they find him extremely annoying.

    Recurring Cast 

Catherine Meyer

Played By: Sarah Sutherland
Selina's college-aged daughter, who has a contentious relationship with her mother mainly due to the latter's political career.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Her wealthy grandmother leaves Catherine the majority of her estate, much to Selina's shock and displeasure. When Selina loses the White House, she finds herself financially dependent on Catherine, who places her mother on a strict, but reasonable budget.
  • Fake Guest Star: From Season 4 onwards, she's in almost every episode and gets about the same amount of screentime as the regulars, but Sarah Sutherland remains credited as a guest star.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Selina paid more attention to her political career than to Catherine. Catherine's favorite family vacation was the time the housekeeper took her to Disneyland with her family. In "Alicia", Catherine outright tells her mother that she had a "hard, lonely, miserable life".
  • Nice Girl: As shown in her documentary, off-screen everyone besides her mother seems to genuinely like her.
  • Oedipus Complex: In Season 5 she not only reveals that she's a lesbian, but that she's dating Selina's bodyguard. That is, a woman who got her job largely because of how much she resembles Catherine's mother.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets a new stylist in the season 5 finale who improves her looks so much that Dan doesn't even recognize her at first.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: She comes out as a lesbian in season 5, without any previous indication of being attracted to women.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Catherine tells Doyle that Selina plans to break her promise to appoint Doyle Secretary of State. This leads Doyle to vote for Montez over Tom James, effectively ending Selina's career.

Andrew Meyer

Played By: David Pasquesi
Selina's ex-husband, a property developer, to whom she was married for 12 years and with whom she still has an on-and-off again affair.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between him and Selina. In "Andrew", during a dinner they alternate between flirting and fighting in a matter of minutes.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In season 6 he tries to get the Meyer Fund into several million-dollar quid pro quos with shady foreign nationals.
  • Sex with the Ex: Andrew and Selina have casual sex several times in seasons 2 and 3.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He cheats constantly. Whether he's with Selina or someone else at the moment, if there's another attractive woman in the room he'll flirt with her while all three of them are sharing the same conversation, and his current partner never seems to notice. For a standout example, though, he and Selina officially get back together during the time skip between seasons 5 and 6. Then he cheats on her with Selina's portrait artist in Selina's favorite chair.

Marjorie Palmiotti

Played By: Clea DuVall
Selina's Secret Service body double. She later becomes Catherine's life partner.

  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Her jokes about how Selina "gave her AIDS"note  fall flat because her deadpan manner makes everyone who hears it worry that she's being serious.
  • Consummate Professional: Is always completely professional. While at first this seems to be just ordinary Secret Service behavior, she continues to act like this even after she leaves the Service.
  • Hidden Depths: Catherine's documentary in "Kissing Your Sister" shows that she is capable of behaving casually when its just her and Catherine.
  • The Stoic: Almost never shows any sign of emotion.

Andrew Doyle

Played By: Phil Reeves
A highly influential U.S. Senator and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In Season 4, he becomes Selina Meyer's choice for the office of Vice President. Dropped from the presidential ticket and replaced by Tom James.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He casts the deciding for vote Senator Montez, making her the new president, after Selina lies to him one time too many.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He hates Ben Cafferty and openly mocks Selina, but agrees to try and calm down the salmonella hysteria.
  • Vice President Who?: As Vice President, Doyle is ignored and disrespected within the Meyer administration (the same way Selina was treated when she was Vice President). He remarks: "Cycle of abuse continues."

Danny Chung

Played By: Randall Park
The Governor of Minnesota and a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq, something he reminds everyone of in each of his appearances. In season 3 he becomes a candidate for the Presidency.

Roger Furlong

Played By: Dan Bakkedahl
A highly irascible Ohio Congressman who ran and lost the election for governor of Ohio. In Season 6, he is the House Minority Leader.

  • Bad Boss: He constantly verbally abuses his poor assistant, Will, usually with homophobic remarks.
    Furlong: I'd make more money if I installed will here as a full-time gloryhole greeter at a Georgetown gay bar. Which I'm pretty sure he already does part-time. Right, Will?
    Will: Yes, sir.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Furlong constantly makes sarcastic remarks (which are usually vicious insults).
  • Jerkass: He's absolutely horrible to pretty much everyone he meets.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost everyone swears on Veep, but Furlong stands out: he can hardly say a few sentences without obscenity, as shown in "Congressional Ball":
    Selina: Roger, you want to walk us through the drill right now? And would you please, please try and keep it clean?
    Furlong: Madam President, tomorrow night is the president's annual holiday party for congressional members and their families. Ma'am, you'll need to make the initial approach. Ben will keep the offer straight. Kent will keep a running tally. Tom, you'll be in charge of putting out any fires. And once you're all done with them, I'll move in and squirt a half gallon of ropey jism into their modeled congressional cornholes.
    Selina: Oh, you made it so far and then you just...

George Maddox

Played By: Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
The Secretary of Defense. In season 3, he unexpectedly resigns from his post and runs for the presidential nomination, only to quit after a poor performance in the primary debate.

Ed Webster

Played By: Zach Woods
Amy's oft-ignored boyfriend. He runs Selina Meyer's PAC office in Boston, but nobody really remembers who he is.

Leon West

Played By: Brian Huskey
A political journalist for the Washington Post, nicknamed the "Beltway Butcher." He frequently antagonizes Mike and Dan.
  • It's Personal: He becomes obsessed with bringing down Selina after she arranges for Iran to imprison him so she can free him as a publicty stunt.
  • Know When To Fold Them: At the end of Season 6, after being fired from the Post for his vendetta against Selina hurting the quality of his work, Leon joins Selina's new presidential campaign, replacing Mike.

Wendy Keegan

Played By: Kathy Najimy
A journalist with the Style section, she and Mike marry at the beginning of season 3.

Bill Ericsson

Played By: Diedrich Bader
He is a political campaign manager and possibly the best one.
  • The Bus Came Back: He got sent to prison at the beginning of Season 5, but came back in "C**tgate" as the campaign manager for Jonah's opponent in the congressional race. He's not happy about Meyer sending him up shit creek without a pardon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks so much that people can't tell when he's being sincere.
  • Jerkass: He's incredibly rude to pretty much everyone.
  • The Scapegoat: The Meyer administration pins the blame for the anti-Family First lobbying and the chaos at the race symposium on him.

Teddy Sykes

Played By: Patton Oswalt
Introduced in season 4, he is VP Doyle's Chief of Staff.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being fired by Doyle in "Convention", he returns in "Congressional Ball" as one of the campaign managers for Jonah's opponent.
  • Abuse is Funny When It's Male On Male: Averted. He constantly fondles Jonah's balls as a power move in the office throughout season 4. It's never Played for Laughs, and Dan is genuinely outraged. When Doyle finds out, he fires Teddy on the spot.
  • Jerkass: Not only a selfish jerk (like most of the characters) but also an unrepentant serial sexual abuser.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: As he is being fired, he claims that everything he did was in aid of his boss, especially the sexual abuse.
  • Smug Snake

Tom James

Played By: Hugh Laurie
A charismatic senator who Selina chooses to be her running mate in the presidential election.
  • The Ace: He's introduced in "Convention" as a shrewd, charismatic political operator who (initially, at least) has the respect of everyone on Selina's Team.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between him and Selina. They end up having angry sex in "Congressional Ball".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In-Universe, to Selina after she chooses him as her running mate. At almost every campaign visit Tom receives way more attention, to Selina's chagrin.
  • The Starscream: Becomes this in Season 5, after it becomes clear at the end of Season 4's "Election Night" that the hung Electoral College could lead to him becoming President instead of Selina. In "Congressional Ball", he is shown actively encouraging congressmen not to vote for Selina. It works, but his later plan to win a vote for Presidency fails when Montez ends up taking it instead.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims that he tried to steal the election from Selina to save America from another four years of her Presidency.

Laura Montez

Played By: Andrea Savage
Senator O'Brien's running mate. Thanks to a quirk of the electoral system, she becomes the 46th President of the United States.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Is mentioned early in Season 4, but doesn't play much of a role in the plot until the Senate unexpectedly makes her the next President.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: She wins the Nobel Peace Prize for convincing China to free Tibet. In reality, Selina was the one who did this, but Montez stole the credit. Towards the end of Season 6, this is revealed to the public, which causes Montez's approval rating to plummet.
  • Unexpected Successor: She was the vice presidential candidate running against a sitting president. However, Tom James's machinations backfiring made her President.
  • Token Minority: Invoked. O'Brien brought her on to his ticket to offset allegations that he is a racist.