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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.
  • All for Nothing: In the end she becomes so obsessed with becoming President that she trades away her one positive legacy in freeing Tibet, and by the time she gets in the Oval she has thoroughly alienated everyone she was once close to. She’s defeated by Kemi after only a single term, and then has to watch her old nemesis completely eclipse her place in history as a truly beloved female President with two terms. By the time she dies at 74, she’s such a footnote to history that the death of Tom Hanks completely overshadows her funeral on the news.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Deconstructed. Though she occasionally does show concern for her people, it's ultimately hollow because she'll still screw them over and ruin their lives if it benefits her.
    • Exemplified in the Grand Finale, where she confesses to a hospitalized Ben that she needs him because she doesn't know what to do without him, which foreshadows the ending: that she'll regret alienating her team to win the presidency, but she'll be all alone.
    • Also in the Grand Finale, she reluctantly has Gary take the fall for Andrew's crimes and thanks him for everything he's done for her. Yet after she becomes president, she never pardons him or even visits him in prison and they only "meet" again when Gary attends her funeral two decades later.
  • 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.
  • Female Misogynist: Selina wants to be seen as a feminist hero for being the first woman president, but privately she often makes disparaging comments about women.
  • 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.
  • Fox News Liberal: Permanently overturns gay marriage in order to win the 2020 Democratic nomination.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: She gets re-elected president, selling Tibet back to the Chinese and permenently abolishes same-sex marriage, dies peacefully of old age, and is remembered somewhat fondly. However...
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Although she’s remembered a little fondly, she’s lost everybody who cared about her, was kicked out of the Oval Office after only one term as President by Kemi of all people, who then proceeded to blow her out of the water and earn herself a place in history as one of the best presidents who ever lived, and when she dies, is quickly forgotten about. All in all, she worked her block off and sold out everything and everybody she had for four measly years of power, and was quickly booted out in short order, rendering all she had done an exercise in futility and is quickly swept under the rug after her death.
  • Kick the Dog: Plenty.
    • In "Oslo", she promises to give back Tibet to China in exchange for China secretly helping her win the presidential election. Immediately afterwards, she meets a group of Tibetan monks who will certainly suffer horribly if Tibet is given back to China...
    • In the finale, she agrees to outlaw same-sex marriage to get Buddy Calhoun's delegates, annuling her daughter's marriage in the process.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Truth in Television, the Vice Presidential position is notorious for being a graveyard for political influence,note  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 BSoD.
    • Her very last scene in the show is her back in the Oval Office about to complain about the "level of incompetency" that she's... no longer surrounded by, because she alienated all her friends/allies in order to get to where she was. She trails off her remark as she realizes this.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She shows an odd concern for the well-being of the President when Kent informs her that he's resigning.
    • When she hears from Dan and Amy that Jonah literally shot himself in the foot, she tells Ben, who is struggling to hold in his laughter, that it isn't funny. Diminished in that she then asks Dan and Amy how this will affect her reputation.
  • Politicians Kiss Babies: In Season 7, she uses Catherine and Marjorie's baby, her grandson, while campaigning. It takes a toll on Catherine, who is suffering from postpartum depression.
  • 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.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In the Grand Finale, Selina finally becomes President, but she ended up a one term president who's only remembered for freeing Tibet, and abolishing gay marriage. Worst, her administration was overshadowed by both Kemi and Splett who became two term presidents. She gave up her allies, daughter, and Gary, for the Oval Office, and had nothing to show for it in the end.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Selina was never portrayed as likable, but she had some humanizing moments in the earlier seasons. By season 6, there are no such moments and her behavior is close to sociopathy.
  • 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 Equestrian: She's from a very privileged background. Growing up she had a beloved pony, and she still resents her mother for selling it.
  • 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."
  • What You Are in the Dark: At the end of the Grand Finale, after alienating herself from her allies, she only realizes what this means when finds herself alone in the Oval Office.
  • 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. Amy tries to nudge Dan into settling down with her and raising their child together, but when Dan remains oblivious to her advances, she decides to get an abortion.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Consistently, she is the most competent and adept member of Selina's staff.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She has drunken sex with Dan and ends up pregnant in Season 6 despite neither of them being interested in having children or having families, much less be committed to each other.
  • 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. That said, she was willing to settle down with Dan after she got pregnant with his kid, but when he remains oblivious to her advances and was already expecting her to get an abortion, she aborts.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After having spent the middle of season 7 working for Jonah's campaign and trying to destroy Selina's career, Amy breaks down and begs Selina not to offer Jonah the Vice Presidency.
  • Pair the Spares: The Distant Finale show that she eventually marries Bill Ericcson
  • 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.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: After officially joining Jonah's campaign in Season 7, she appears on a talk show with curled hair, heavy makeup, and wearing a low-cut dress, a far cry from the simple and practical styles she had worn up until then.
  • 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 Selina.

  • 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: Treated as wimpy and an Extreme Doormat to Selina. Not as bad as Jonah, though, who he does show some annoyance at.
    Gary: [During a shooter lockdown] Get to the panic room!
    Sue: Every room you're in is a panic room, Gary.
  • 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.
  • Fall Guy: Unwittingly takes the fall for Andrew Meyer's activities as Director of the Meyer Fund.
  • 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.
    Gary: 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 BSoD: After he walks in on Selina and Tom James having sex, he can barely walk down the hall, whimpering to himself.
  • Hidden Depths: He went to Cornell... and majored in hotel management.
  • 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 (a platonic variant, considering he was dating Dana at the time), who either doesn't notice it or doesn't care about it. She frames him for Andrew's fraud shortly before being re-elected president, which gets Gary sent to jail, and she never sees him again. He still shows up to her funeral and cries at her coffin.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: In "Intruder", when an intruder shoots up the White House.
    Gary: Shit just got real! Shit just got real!
  • Precision F-Strike: Usually a case of O.O.C. Is Serious Business in either he's having an Oh, Crap! moment or he's pissed off.
  • Taking the Bullet: Well, it's actually a sneeze bullet.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Selina. He even breaks up with her boyfriend for her!
    • It comes to a head in the Grand Finale, where Selina frames him for Andrew's crimes regarding the Meyer Fund. Though he's initially hurt by her betrayal, he still attends her funeral 24 years later and holds no grudge against her.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His girlfriend, Dana, is never brought up again as the show goes on. According to Word of Saint Paul, Selina probably did something bad to her.

    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. Amy tries to nudge Dan into settling down with her and raising their child together, but when Dan remains oblivious to her advances, she decides to get an abortion.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's disgusted and outraged when he sees Jonah get grabbed in the balls by Teddy and tells him not to put up with it because it's sexual harassment.
  • Future Loser: The Grand Finale shows that 24 years later he's remained as skeezy as ever, except instead of being a member of working in politics, he's selling So Cal real estate. Being who he is, though, he's more than satisfied with flaunting the money he's made off of it, and doesn't seem to really care that he never accomplished anything outside of being rich.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Offers to Catherine to have a threesome with her, himself, and Marjorie when the lesbian couple are trying for a baby.
  • 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 2, 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, she 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.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After his attempt to seduce Felix Wade fails because, at age 39, he's too old for Felix's tastes, Dan tells Amy, who is pregnant with his child, that he's considering re-evaluating his life style of meaningless sex with women who are half his age. When Amy goes to talk to him later about possibly getting back together, she walks in on him about to have sex with another woman like he never had his epiphany.
  • Karma Houdini: Ultimately, he's this by the Grand Finale. Though he's been fired by Selina, he ends up becoming a successful real estate agent and gets married to a woman some thirty years younger than him. His jerkassery is never punished and he's the most happiest out of the entire cast (except for maybe Kent, who seems to have gotten a little eccentric in his old age but is otherwise happily retired, and obviously except for Richard). That said, it's made clear that his political career never went anywhere and that, contrary to his lofty ambitions throughout the series, he ended up remaining a posturing nobody, flaunting what little status being the most successful real estate agent in the middle of nowhere can get him.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: He has drunken sex with Amy and ends up getting her pregnant in Season 6, despite having been told that his sperm had slow motility and neither of them are interested in having children or having families, much less commit themselves to each other.
  • 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.
  • May–December Romance: In the Grand Finale, his wife is revealed to have been born in 2019.
  • Metaphorgotten:
    Dan: [to Amy] The best way to get revenge on people is to make a shitload of money off of them! That's what Mark Twain said.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    Amy: Remember a couple months ago after you got fired and we had drinks with Ben?
    Dan: Yeah, yeah, yeah, we had a lot of drinks.
    Amy: Yeah, well, I'm pregnant. And it's yours. [walks away]
    Dan: (beat) ...Fuck! I really thought things were starting to turn around.
  • Older Than They Look: 24 years later in the Distant Finale, he hasn't aged a day. The only major difference is a beard and a tan.
  • 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 1 finale, and possibly into Season 2.
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Dan thinks of himself as a House of Cards (US) style schemer. In reality, he's no more competent than the rest of the cast and simply mistakes backstabbing for political prowess.
  • Smug Snake: The guy thinks of himself as a political badass and likes to rub it in people's faces.
  • 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. (He sleeps with numerous other women, but never has any meanignful relationships).
  • 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.

    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
  • Flanderization: In early seasons, Mike shows some signs of incompetence, but is also generally capable of doing his job and defusing the frequent threats to it posed by the various political storms Selena gets into. By the latter seasons, he can barely function as an independent adult, never mind as a Washington speechwriter.
  • 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?"

A freshman congressman from New Hampshire; formerly the White House Liaison 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.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Marries his former step-sister during his presidential campaign. Amazingly, the media learning of this relationship actually increases his poll numbers, even after their parents get back together. It later turns out that her father is Jonah's biological father, making them actual half-siblings.
  • 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.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He's so inept at talking about anything that telling funny jokes is out of his league.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Hits on Amy, Sue, and pretty much every attractive girl he comes into contact with. Always rebuffed.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He can't read the room on a frequent basis.
    • He does this several times when dealing with the subject matter of Teddy grabbing his balls.
      • He makes the Wrong Assumption about what Kent and Eric (and Sue) were calling him about in regards to "what happened in the Vice President [Doyle]'s office" and reluctantly admits that Teddy molested him... which wasn't what they were asking about (and it's interesting news to them, but they don't do anything about it). Later, he tries to talk to Catherine about it (probably to tell her that he isn't a loser that got molested) since she had walked in on the call, but she has no idea what he's talking about since she came in after he confessed.
      • He walks out on a class action lawsuit against Teddy because he found out all of the other victims were women, which he thinks means he's a wimp.
    • In a deleted scene, he forgets that he and Dan agreed to unperson Ed earlier that episode, leading to Dan trying to refer back to it in a joke by asking "Who?" whenever Jonah brings him up. When Dan reminds him, Jonah laughs much more than what was needed.
    • He frequently makes unintentionally misogynistic remarks and still has no idea why women feel uncomfortable around him.
  • Daddy Issues: His biological dad is not in the picture and he hates his stepdad, Lloyd, for being strict on him and giving him bad grades in math class. Even worse when it turns out that his stepdad is his biological dad.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His presidential run in Season 7 is an unsubtle rip towards Donald Trump's controversial presidency (or is a reference to criticisms of his presidency) at the time. For example, Jonah makes Islamophobic remarks that gain him popularity amongst Islamophobes, white supremacists, and racists, as well as demanding Selina show her birth certificate to prove her real age (referencing accusations that Barack Obama is not American-born and that he should prove his heritage by showing his birth certificate).
  • 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.
    • In Season 7, Jonah hires Teddy, who used to sexually harass him, just so he can make fun of Teddy for being chemically castrated as punishment for his sexual harassment.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Kent tells him to get his "cerise"-colored binder and gets mad at him when he brings three red-colored binders including the cerise-colored binder and a cherry-red binder. To anyone else, cerise and cherry-red look like the exact shade of red.
    • Both "Daylight Saving Time" and "Daylight Savings Time" are valid ways of calling the term.
    • He hates Daylight Savings Time for being inconveniencing, which is more of a popular and reasonable sentiment than the rest of the smarter cast may think.
  • Establishing Character Moment: To set up just how much of a [1] Jonah is, the first person to really lay into him is Mike, of all people, the character in which numerous jabs had already been made at remarking his incompetence
  • Fox News Liberal: By Season 7, Jonah has essentially become a far-right conspiracy theorist, yet is still running for the Democratic nomination. He even becomes one of the frontrunners during the Grand Finale specifically because of Islamophobic statements he has made.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's frequently the butt of jokes and the rest of the staff find him annoying to be around, even when he's trying to be nice. Although he's had a few moments where he does genuinely get along with Dan.
    Jonah: Good morning!
    Ben: Ugh, how do you make two perfectly good words sound so irritating?
  • 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. Fortunately, he only has scores about 3% in the polls... but then Selina makes him her VP. Though she eventually has him impeached.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Does this incessantly. Not only does he call the President POTUS ("Poh-tuss"), but he also calls 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.
    • After trying to get rid of Daylight Savings Time in Season 6, in Season 7, he promises to his supporters that he'll ban math because it was invented by the Algerians, who are Muslims, and everyone hates Muslims. And once again, it's also because of a grudge (he hates DST because it made him late for an appointment, he hates math because his math teacher, his stepdad, kept giving him bad grades).
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: It's Daylight Saving Time, not savings (which is actually just as valid as any other alternative spelling like "color" and "colour").
  • 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. In the finale, Selina makes him veep to get his delegates, while making sure that he has no authority.
    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!
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • His anti-vax crusade leads to the death of his own father.
    • He is made Vice President, a position that Selina guarantees he will have no power in. In the future it is revealed he was impeached and has lost his other testicle to cancer.
  • 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.
  • Momma's Boy: He frequently calls his mom.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: He's been banned from Uber because he has a low rating. It's not hard to imagine why.
  • 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.
  • Patricide: His anti-vax crusade leads to his father's death.
  • "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 Ericsson's creative camera work makes it look like Jonah's rant was directed at a woman with Down Syndrome.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hey, did you know he works at the White House? This ends in season 3, since he no longer works there.
    • Him doing something misogynistic and causing women around him to perform the Girl Code for each other.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: While Montez's assistant introduces her to Jonah in a meeting, Jonah says that they don't need guards because because "it's not like [he's] gonna rape [Montez]". Montez takes it as this trope and Jonah says that it literally means that he wouldn't rape Montez.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his One True Friend, Richard. Despite their Odd Friendship, Jonah does value his friendship. He eventually ensures that Richard is given a cabinet position, which helps pave the way for Richard becoming President.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While riding with Richard, Jonah gets mad at him for not driving faster (because he's holding a camera at the same time) and Richard ends up crashing into a stop sign. Richard is at least relieved that he didn't hit the schoolchildren about to cross the street, but Jonah doesn't give a damn about them.

    Sue Wilson-Levinson 
Played By: Sufe Bradshaw
"Hello, what do you want, you can't have it, goodbye."

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

  • Adults Are Useless: She doesn't do anything when Jonah reveals that he's being sexually harassed by Teddy.
  • 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.
  • Back for the Finale: After being absent from Season 6 and most of Season 7, Sue returns for the finale where she is back as Selina's secretary in the White House preventing Jonah and Amy from meeting with Selina.
  • 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)
  • Bus Crash: He eventually passes away from natural causes sometime between the present day of the Grand Finale and the Distant Finale.
  • 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.
  • Has a Type: Two of his three wives were Asian nurses, and he has a Meet Cute with another in the finale.
  • 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.
  • Morality Chain: Not quite, but he's part of Selina's conscience. To the point that in the Grand Finale, when he has a heart attack and gets hospitalized, she confesses to him that she doesn't know what to do without him. This leads to her finding her own way to become president, which composes of several decisions that result in her alienating her all of her allies.
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: Discussed.
    Kent: Your idea of "crisis management" is running around screaming "Bury me, we're fucked!"
    Ben: Bury me, we're fucked!
  • Really Got Around: When discussing the possibility that Thornhill might have had an affair with a mystery person.
    Selina: Eight 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.

  • Adults Are Useless: He doesn't do anything when Jonah reveals that he's being sexually harassed by Teddy.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's incredibly meticulous, exhibits some cloudcuckoolander behavior, and has difficulty emphasizing with others. While the last one can be attributed to the White House being a World of Jerkass, some viewers have taken these traits as evidence that he may be on the autism spectrum.
  • Badass Biker: As revealed in Catherine's documentary. In the Distant Finale, he's shown in full biker gang regalia after retiring from politics.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Ellen (Mike's adopted daughter from China) says that she wants to be president of the United States, he bluntly tells her that she cannot (since one of the criteria is that you have to be born in the U.S.).
  • Casting Gag: Gary Cole previously played VP Bob Russell in The West Wing, who was also a sucky Veep that wanted to be President.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his behavior is ascribed to this, like his terrible workout outfit. Might be a result of Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: In Season 6, he's one of Jonah's advisors alongside Ben. While arguing with Furlong, who is making fun of Jonah becoming a Congressman and Kent scraping the bottom of the barrel by working for Jonah, Jonah says that Kent totally loves working for him, right, Kent? Kent says nothing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So much so that it's hard to tell when he's kidding.
    Selina: Oh Kent, don't be funny.
    Kent: Ma'am, I haven't been funny since 1987.
  • Dull Surprise: Kent's default expression rarely ever changes.
    Selina: [Kent]'s got that blank look, I bet he doesn't even have a cumface. Can you imagine fucking that guy?
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the Grand Finale, it is mentioned that he's happily retired (he makes watches and owns a ranch) and has a daughter now (who works at NASA, but plans to step down to take over the ranch). This also means that he probably got married, which is good for him considering what happened with Sue and Julia.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In Season 7, he's wary about Selina trying to hide her crimes because this is obviously illegal. This is likely for pragmatic reasons though rather than any moral standards.
    • In the Grand Finale, he and Amy try to convince Selina that picking Jonah as her running mate is a bad idea. When she refuses to listen, Kent ragequits.
  • Eye Scream: Gets hit in the eye by Selina's lipstick in his debut episode.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: To some extent. In his debut, he starts out as somewhat antagonistic to the rest of the cast (such as Selina viewing him as a nuisance and a foreigner to her team), but eventually fits right in. Particularly seems to be one to Ben.
  • Get Out!: In "Midterms", when he yells at Jonah to pack his stuff and leave after leaking that President Hughes isn't running for re-election.
    Jonah: Sir, this POTUS 'OK' this?!
  • The Glomp: Is subjected to one by Selina at one point.
  • Honorary Uncle: Averted. Though Selina introduces herself and Ben to Ellen, Mike's adopted daughter, she calls herself Ellen's "Auntie Selina" and Ben as "Uncle Benny" to get on Ellen's good side. Kent plainly introduces himself as "Kent Davison, Chief Strategist".
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: He debuts as working for the President, to starting Season 6 working for Jonah after Selina doesn't get re-elected. Furlong even comments on this. By the end of Season 6, Kent manages to get fired by pissing off Jonah and he's more than happy to leave and return to working for Selina.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a Badass Biker and he knows how to speak Spanish.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Goes on a tangent about how dealing with a hostage situation is not that different from cooking a cup of microwavable noodles: "Both require precision timing, neither should be rushed."
    Amy: Why are we talking about noodles?
    Ben: No, let me rephrase that. Why the fuck are we talking about noodles?
  • No Sense of Humor: Claims to not having been funny on purpose since 1987.
  • Not So Above It All: He expressed interest in watching the gang throw Mike's expired cum at Jonah's door.
  • Oh, Crap!: The disappointed variant when he learns that Sue is married. A more traditional variant when a desperate Selina offers to make Jonah her Veep to get the nomination.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Near the end of the episode of his very debut, he's yelling in pain from being hit in the eye by Selina's lipstick.
    • In "Some New Business", he shouts in anger when he finds out Jonah has accidentally revealed on his blog that President Hughes wasn't running for reelection. He promptly fires him and tells him to Get Out!.
    Kent: The party's over, Mr. "WestWingMan". There's a dead guy in the pool and that dead guy is you!
  • Precision F-Strike: Yells "FUCK THE NUMBERS!" when Selina argues that because he's "the numbers guy", he should be supportive of her decision to choose Jonah as her running mate because doing so will help her win.
  • Rage Quit: In the Grand Finale, after Jonah is confirmed as Selina's running mate, he walks out during the celebration and throws away his badge and tie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Ben.
  • Sherlock Scan: He is apparently able to determine the sex of an unborn child after briefly looking at the (fully-clothed) pregnant woman. He's correct.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Inverted. He's one of the few characters that doesn't cuss often. He's had his moments, though, and in one instance, he excuses himself for his "ribaldry".
    • He swears when Selina accidentally throws a lipstick at his eye in "Midterms".
    • In the Grand Finale, when Selina reveals she's asking Jonah to be her running mate, he snaps and yells "FUCK THE NUMBERS!".
  • The Spock: Kent only cares about facts and numbers. Others often describe him as emotionless and robot-like.
  • The Stoic: He has about as much emotion as a rock. He does smile, although this is mainly for PR, and he does display anger a couple of times.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: In the Grand Finale, after Selina brings in Jonah as her running mate, he snaps, quits, and retires.
  • Those Two Guys: With the more unserious Ben.
    Kent: You know, all this melodrama really explains your three divorces!
    Ben: Yeah, well, I'd like to divorce your head from your neck!
  • The Un-Smile: He pretends to smile while Selina sings at the Vic Allen dinner, which was a song written to make fun of him.
    Kent: Ma'am, your song last night made my lips curl. Upwards.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Sue! Everyone else just wants to know what the heck's going on. It seems to have ended when it turns out that Sue is married, and in Season 6, Kent is dating a new girl, Julia.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the beginning of Season 7, it is mentioned that he is no longer dating Julia, his deaf girlfriend from Season 6. According to Selina, "the police have found no leads". Word of Saint Paul states that it doesn't necessarily mean she's dead, but who knows.

    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.) When he becomes President, he gets the Nobel Peace Prize for using a "three state solution" to bring peace to the Middle East.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Has two doctorates - one in veterinary science, and one in constitutional law.
    • In the series finale, he apparently grows competent enough to become president for two terms as well as finding a solution to bring peace to the Middle East.
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: It's Splett, not "split" or "splat".
  • 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.
  • Playing Both Sides: Played for Laughs. In Season 7, he helps both Selina and Jonah on their presidential campaigns and also ends up becoming a town mayor and then the governor of Iowa, a state with an important role in the election. To the public, he may look like a Manipulative Bastard, but the truth is that he's just having trouble choosing between which one of his bosses he wants to support because they're both wonderful people.
  • The Pollyanna: Richard is oblivious to how selfish the rest of the cast is and how they find him extremely annoying.
  • Token Black: He's the only black man and person-of-color in the main cast after Sue joins the Montez administration.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's maybe the only genuinely good person in Selina's team.
  • Unfortunate Names: Lampshaded in-universe. One time when he introduced himself, he corrected someone on the pronunciation of his last name.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: He's The Ditz (albeit a Genius Ditz) and it turns out that he's never masturbated before Catherine and her girlfriend wanted him to be their sperm donor, leading to him asking if it hurts, how the sperm cup comes into play, and when does he know when he's done. Apparently, he comes from a religious family that views masturbation as sinful, along with microwaves and laughter.

    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. In the Distant Finale, she not only refuses to attend her mother's funeral, but is treating the day as a celebration watching the news it with Marjorie and Little Richard.
  • The Eeyore: She can be very gloomy and prone to crying at the drop of a hat. After giving birth to Little Richard in Season 7, she suffers from postpartum depression.
  • 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 until the final season.
  • Granola Girl: Has shades of this, especially after giving birth to Little Richard and hopping on board with several New Age parenting techniques.
  • 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.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In the Grand Finale, when she learns that Selina has agreed to outlaw gay marriage in order to get Buddy Calhoun's support, she tells her that she'll never forgive her if she really does go through with it. Needless to say, Catherine is serious about this, as she ends up cutting ties with her mother and never sees her again.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Shares many of Catherine's liberal principles. But the biggest is that she declares that even though Selina is a horrible mother, Andrew is a far worse father. Selina approves of this evaluation.
  • Fake Guest Star: Clea DuVall was credited as a guest star until the final season, even though Marjorie was effectively a member of the main cast as soon as she was introduced.
  • Hidden Depths: Catherine's documentary in "Kissing Your Sister" shows that she is capable of behaving casually when its just her and Catherine.
    • The same episode also reveals that at the time she had first begun dating Catherine, she was still in the closet to her family.
  • Not So Stoic: In the finale, she flips out and has to be restrained by Catherine when she learns that Selina is making Jonah veep.
  • Sour Supporter: She despises Selina almost as much as Catherine does, but still works for her.
  • The Stoic: Almost never shows any sign of emotion.

Recurring Cast

    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.
  • Bus Crash: Near the end of Season 7, Selina is told that he was aboard the Labor Day when it sunk. However...
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In season 6 he tries to get the Meyer Fund into several million-dollar quid pro quos with shady foreign nationals.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bears a number of similarities to Anthony Weiner, particularly with his affairs and his getting everyone associated with him into hot water.
  • Faking the Dead: Despite supposedly being dead, he makes cameo appearances in "Oslo" and "Veep". In "Veep", he's the mustached man pushing past Dan, Amy, and Kent at Selina's funeral.
  • Kick the Dog: In Season 7, he and Selina come up with trying to frame Marjorie for the Meyer Fund. Andrew does consider that doing this would hurt Catherine, but it doesn't stop them.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Everybody Has Standards: He fires Teddy when he learns that he had been sexually harassing Jonah.
  • 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."

    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".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he’s more manipulative and cunning than outright evil, he’s still a nasty piece of work. That being said, when Selina recruits him to run with her he’s been out of politics for a few years after voluntarily leaving his senate seat to care for his son who’d been paralyzed in Iraq. He even tells a couple of the guys that he thinks drugs should be legal because of what he saw with his son.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the Grand Finale, when he comes to gloat to Selina about how if he gets the party nomination, he won't give her a place in his administration this time, Selina bites back by telling Michelle that while he was cheating on his pregnant wife with her, he was cheating on Michelle with Selina. This leads to Michelle holding a press conference about Tom James's sexual misconduct, which costs him the nomination.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His machinations in the 2016 presidential election backfire, resulting in the other party winning through Montez.
  • Pet the Dog: When everyone else disapproves of Selina refusing to forgive her mother on her deathbed, he tells her it's okay because he hated his father too.
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He retains his Belligerent Sexual Tension with Selena even after he marries another woman. He's also having an affair with his assistant chief of staff.

    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).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • He's a Jerkass, but that's a secret he keeps from his wife. His wife also calls him "dad" (which is what parents tend to call each other), which suggests that he's also a father.
    • In the Grand Finale, he takes care of a wheelchair-bound and senile Will. Considering what just happened to Selina and Gary in the same episode, this really says something about Roger's character.
  • Everybody Has Standards: When Doyle fires Teddy for sexually harassing Jonah, Furlong is disgusted by this revelation (although he thinks Doyle is making a joke at first).
  • Jerkass: He's absolutely horrible to pretty much everyone he meets.
  • Morality Pet: He won't cuss or insult anyone or even get upset in the presence of his wife, who won't even tolerate psuedo-cuss words like "crud" from him.
  • 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...

Played By: Nelson Franklin

Furlong's Congressional aide.

  • Extreme Doormat: He lets Furlong insult him (and his wife) and push him around (and he's said that he actually does enjoy his job). He's also told Furlong that he and his wife have been struggling to have children due to his wife's small uterus, which he unsurprisingly uses as one of his insults. Taken to its logical extreme in the Distant Finale, where the now-senile Will is carted around on a wheelchair by Furlong to be the butt of his jokes.
    Furlong: [while insulting Jonah] But guess what? That's about as likely as Will putting a baby in his wife's polyp-sized uterus!
    Will's wife: Why did you tell him?
    Will: What? I had to tell someone.
  • Hidden Depths: In a deleted scene for "Kissing Your Sister", he's actually been secretly planning Furlong's death and is trying to Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • One Name Only: His last name is never given. According to the prop auction, it's Suckfreely.
  • Unfortunate Names: Invoked. His last name is Suckfreely, although whether that's his surname at birth or Furlong made him change it to that is left to the viewer's imagination.

    George Maddox 
Played By: Isaiah 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 Washington Post for his vendetta against Selina hurting the quality of his work, Leon joins Selina's new presidential campaign, replacing Mike.

    Bill Ericsson 
Played By: Diedrich Bader

He is a political campaign manager and possibly the best one.

  • Adults Are Useless: He doesn't do anything when Jonah reveals that he's being sexually harassed by Teddy and he just says that it's an "interesting" story but not relevant to the task at hand.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Snarl: At Jonah's congressional speech, he comments that Jonah fighting with the hecklers he hired is "more beautiful than the birth of my child". In the series finale, Amy states that she and Bill never had any children in the Distant Finale, so either Bill was just saying that as a figure of speech, Amy meant that she didn't have kids with Bill, or it's this trope.
  • 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.
  • Pair the Spares: The distant finale shows that he eventually gets married to Amy.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Teddy may be a convicted sex offender, but he quits Jonah's campaign out of horror when Jonah proposes banning math because algebra was invented by Muslims.
  • 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

    Karen Collins 
Played by: Lennon Parham

A former Senior Adviser to Selina and an old friend of hers from her lawyer days.

  • Chekhov's Skill: Her ability to dance around the subject becomes useful when Selina and co. need to stall the recount.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Everything she says is just some sort of paraphrase of what the person she's trying to appeal to already said.
  • Enemy Mine: Amy hates her for being an annoying Yes-Man to Selina, but she gets a hold of her to stall the vote recount.
  • Yes-Man: To Selina or whoever she's trying to please at the moment. Up to Eleven in that when presented with a choice, she dances around the question since she doesn't know which one will make them happy, causing people to regard her as an idiot.

    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 Nationality: She’s caucasian but uses her last name (her husband was actually born in Mexico) and olive complexion to make people assume she’s a white passing Latina.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Selina. Both only became presidents due to quirks in the system and both are reprehensible and manipulative women.
  • 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. It should be noted that she’s not actually Hispanic, Mr. Montez is. She plays it up to be seen as the token minority and to get kudos in the majority Hispanic state of New Mexico.

    Kemi Talbot 
Played by: Toks Olagundoye
A senator running against Selina and Jonah in the 2020 presidential campaign.
  • Hero Antagonist: She seems to be one of the more altruistic politicians in the show, which makes her an easy enemy of Selina.
  • Token Good Teammate: From what we see of her, she's one of the only few politicians that genuinely wants to work for the best interest of the American people. Although she loses the 2020 presidential campaign to Selina, she does win the next two terms after her and is followed up by fellow Token Good Teammate Richard.

    Minna Häkkinen 
Played By: Sally Phillips
First introduced in Season 2, she subsequently makes appearances once a season. She starts the series as the Prime Minister of Finland. Later on, she moves on to an international career, as the head of the IMF and a high-ranking United Nations Diplomat.
  • The Comically Serious: One of her quirks is being comically blunt.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Accidentally divulges some off-the-cuff remarks from Selina about the Second Amendment to Jonah, who leaks it to the press.
  • Funny Foreigner: Her other defining characteristic - she and Selina have some incredibly awkward banter over the course of the show.
  • Principles Zealot: After Selina accidentally tells her about a war crime, Minna reports her to Interpol as she's legally obligated...then turns right around and offers Selina sanctuary in her embassy until it blows over.
  • Too Much Information: During the election monitoring in Georgia, she goes into candid detail about her romantic and sexual relationship with the opposition candidate, much to Selina's disgust.

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