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Steven Culp on "The West Wing"

as Speaker of the House Jeffrey Haffley

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(September 12, 2014, The Atlantic Wire, by Joe Reid , David Sims , and Kevin O'Keeffe)
A Definitive Ranking of Every Character on 'The West Wing'

As of this month, The West Wing is 15 years old. We'll pause as you absorb how long you've been without Jed Bartlet and his merry band in your life.

[...]

Join us as we remember and rank 114 characters from the series.

84. Jeff Haffley (Steven Culp): It was an early sign of post-Sorkin troubles that The West Wing suddenly got a sneering villain in Speaker of the House Haffley, but Culp played the role well, and it was reeeeeally satisfying when he got beat on the budget crisis.

(February 23, 2005)
Steven will appear on the episode "A Good Day" of "The West Wing" on March 2, 2005

From NBC:

Santos (Jimmy Smits) masterminds a plot to pass the president's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't looking. A group of middle school children who are part of the Future Leaders for Democracy visit the White House and seek out Toby (Richard Schiff) to discuss the voting age. Kate (Mary McCormack) has to deal with an impending invasion of Canada.

From Warner Bros.:

Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits) masterminds a plot to pass the President's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't paying attention. Members of a group of middle school children who are part of the Future Leaders for Democracy visit the White House and seek out Toby to discuss the voting age. And Kate deals with an impending invasion of Canada.

From TVGuide.com:

The House speaker (Steven Culp) won't schedule a stem-cell bill while Democratic campaigners are in town, so Santos plans a ruse. And Barlet has an unwanted reunion with the ecomomist (Mako) with whom he split the Nobel prize. The two are professional rivals and don't like each other. Meanwhile, Toby is charmed by a group of youngsters who are demanding the right to vote, and Kate Harper (Mary McCormack) must deal with a "border skirmish" with Canada.

(December 21, 2004, Zap2it.com, by Amy Amatangelo)
TV Gal Showcases the Best of Everything

I've made my list, I've checked it twice. And in the spirit of the holidays, I'm only talking about what's nice. Here's my list of the best of everything television.

[...]

Best Versatile Actor: Steven Culp who played Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley on "The West Wing," one of the two men Dr. Corday dated on "ER," and Clayton Webb on "JAG" all before playing Rex Van De Camp on "Desperate Housewives."

(October 25, 2004)
Steven will appear on the episode "Third-Day Story" of "The West Wing" on November 3, 2004

From NBC:

Before signing the peace accord, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) tells his staff to go after the support of the House and the U.N. Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Toby (Richard Schiff) are assigned the task of getting congressional support. Meanwhile, CJ (Allison Janney) works to confirm international support with the U.N. Security Council. Donna (Janel Moloney) returns to work and Charlie (Dulé Hill) resists taking a college swimming exam that would allow him to graduate.

From Warner Bros.:

Before signing the Middle East peace accord, Bartlet orders his staff to enlist the support of the United States House of Representatives and the United Nations. Josh and Toby are assigned the task of getting congressional backing. Meanwhile, C.J. works to confirm international alliance with the United Nations Security Council. Donna returns to work, and Charlie refuses to take a college swimming exam that would allow him to graduate.

(October 10, 2004)
Steven will appear on the episode "N.S.F. Thurmont" of "The West Wing" on October 20, 2004

From NBC:

With Palestinian leaders surrounded in their compound, Israel is willing to sit down with the US and moderate Palestinians to discuss a peaceful solution to the latest outbreak of fighting. Surprising everyone, however, the Palestinians publicly thank the US for inviting them to the negotiation table. Also, Donna (Janel Moloney) is rushed into surgery for a pulmonary embolism.

From Warner Bros.:

From his office in the White House, President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) leads the most powerful nation on earth. Directly descended from one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, New Hampshire Democrat Bartlet exudes a country-lawyer charisma that complements his brilliance, his deep conviction and his devotion to what he believes is right for the country. A brilliant academician in her own right, first lady Dr. Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet (Stockard Channing) staunchly supports her husband but does not hesitate to keep him in line when necessary.

As always, professorial Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) resolutely serves as Bartlet's political and emotional right hand, while Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) keeps his highly regarded political mind in overdrive. Donna Moss (Janel Moloney), Josh's capable assistant, more than holds her own in their friendly verbal sparring.

Despite the constant media scrutiny in the briefing room, Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) remains cool and competent. Stoic Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), the rumpled and sleepless communications director, stays focused, while brash new Deputy National Security Advisor Kate Harper (Mary McCormack) and Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the Vice President Will Bailey (Joshua Malina) continually rise to the occasion. Also proving himself more and more valuable each day is the President's brilliant young personal assistant, Charlie (Dulé Hill).

In the aftermath of the Gaza Strip attack that seriously wounded Donna and killed Admiral Fitzwallace and two American congressmen, Bartlet faces strong opposition to his peace plans. Defying the wishes of the majority of Congress--including some of the White House's Democratic allies--the American people and the Vice President, Bartlet persists in the hope that inviting Palestinian and Israeli leaders to participate in peace talks will forestall the necessity of a U.S. military retaliation. Even Leo feels that the President should order an attack to make a decisive statement on terrorism. Bartlet's only hope is that a risky secret negotiation will deliver the leader responsible for the bombings into U.S. custody. Meanwhile, Josh hovers worriedly by Donna's bed in a German military hospital. As doctors try to stabilize Donna's deteriorating condition, no one knows whether or not she will suffer brain damage if she survives.

(May 10, 2004)
Steven will appear on the episode "Memorial Day" of "The West Wing" on May 19, 2004

From NBC:

In the season finale, Gaza slayings of key U.S. officials might drag fuming President into unending cycle of violence -- In the season finale, events in the tinderbox Gaza Strip spin out of control after the murders of high-ranking U.S. officials as the angry President (Martin Sheen) weighs approrpiate military action -- even as Israel launches its own strikes and surrounds the Palestinian chairman, prompting more retaliatory terrorism. The dangers are compounded when Bartlet suddenly cannot communicate with the chairman and a strange undertow of intrigue finds a wary Josh (Bradley Whitford) meeting with a mysterious foreign operative while tending to Donna in Germany. Meanwhile, Bartlet dons a bulletproof vest and practices his sluggish fastball when he's called to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a game in Baltimore.

(April 12, 2004)
Steven will appear on the episode "Talking Points" of "The West Wing" on April 21, 2004

From NBC:

On the eve of the President's (Martin Sheen) visit to a controversial trade summit in Brussels, Josh (Bradley Whitford) feels torn when he learns that free-trader Bartlet will reverse his position about sacrificing American jobs to foreign lands -- while C.J. (Allison Janney) takes out her frustrations with a new FCC ruling allowing multimedia companies increased ownership of TV stations. As the administration fights to spin the job-loss fallout, Donna (Janel Moloney) tells Josh about her dissatisfaction with her limited role on his staff. In the midst of it all, Kate Harper (Mary McCormack) steps in as the brash new Deputy National Security Advisor.

From Warner Bros.:

On the eve of the President's controversial trade summit meeting in Brussels, Josh is troubled when he learns that Bartlet will reverse his position about sacrificing American jobs to foreign lands. C.J. is frustrated with a new Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing multimedia companies increased ownership of TV stations. Meanwhile, the administration tries to downplay job-loss statistics, and Donna tells Josh about her dissatisfaction with her limited role on his staff. In the midst of it all, Bartlet meets Kate Harper (Mary McCormack), the brash, new deputy national security advisor.

(November 10, 2003)
Steven will appear on the episode "Shutdown" of "The West Wing" on November 19, 2003

From NBC:

A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the Federal government is shut down after the President (Martin Sheen) engages in a war of wills between the powerful G.O.P. House Speaker (Steven Culp) over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs -- and the Democrats are blamed because of opinion polls. As Leo (John Spencer), Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Toby (Richard Schiff) send everyone home, they remain uneasy as the President refuses to compromise -- until he arrives on a bold plan to personally and publicly challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey (Stockard Channing) suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself.

From Warner Bros.:

A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President and the powerful Republican Speaker of the House disagree over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs. Opinion polls reveal that the public blames the Democrats for the impasse. As Leo, Josh and Toby send the staff home, the trio remains uneasy as the President refuses to compromise--until he hatches a bold plan to personally and publicly challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself.

From TVGuide.com:

There clearly has been life after Aaron Sorkin for the series, both commercially (ratings have been up) and creatively, as executive producer John Wells has quickened the storytelling pace. And if the dialogue doesn't quite have that the snappy Sorkin sound, it's still literate and entertaining. A case in point is this crackling episode in which a budget impasse with Haffley (Steven Culp) leads to a government shutdown. "If we don't end it now, it'll be a referendum on the Bartlet presidency," Toby warns. That seems to be just what Bartlet (Martin Sheen) wants, even though it's a referendum he's losing.

(November 3, 2003)
Steven will appear on the episode "Separation of Powers" of "The West Wing" on November 12, 2003

From NBC:

As the President's (Martin Sheen) staff wrangle with Speaker Haffley (Steven Culp) over the pending federal budget, Toby (Richard Schiff) dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry) to check on the condition of the stricken Chief Justice (Milo O'Shea) -- an ancient Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally step down. As the clock ticks on a new budget, hard-charging Angela (Michael Hyatt) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to hammer out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national TV interview that Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman (Kathrin Lautner) with a knack for exposing raw emotions.

From Warner Bros.:

The President's staff wrangles with new Speaker of the House Jeff Haffley (Steven Culp) over the pending federal budget. Meanwhile, Toby dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (Matthew Perry) to check on the condition of stricken Chief Justice Roy Ashland (Milo O'Shea), an elderly Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally resign. With the budget deadline quickly approaching, aggressive advisor Angela Blake (Michael Hyatt) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to work out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national television interview that Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman, Diane Mathers (Kathrin Lautner), who has a knack for exposing raw emotions.

(September 29, 2003)
Steven will appear on the episode "Jefferson Lives" of "The West Wing" on October 8, 2003

From NBC:

As a White House Fourth of July ceremony nears following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, Bartlet (Martin Sheen) endures the painful process of nominating a proper candidate for vice president -- but his first choice is his secretary of state (William Devane) who faces a nasty uphill fight for approval. Elsewhere, Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) champions the reclusive First Lady's (Stockard Channing) violence prevention provisions for an upcoming bill while Abby withdraws from her husband after the Qumari assassination is exposed. In addition, a frustrated Josh (Bradley Whitford) reacts when is confronted by Amy and Donna (Janel Moloney) is appalled by the new intern Ryan (Jesse Bradford).

From Warner Bros.:

Following a harrowing chapter in the nation's history, the White House celebrates the Fourth of July. Bartlet endures the painful process of nominating a candidate for Vice President. But his first choice, Secretary of State Lewis Berryhill (William Devane), will have a difficult time getting approved. Meanwhile, while the reclusive first lady tends to personal matters, Amy (Mary-Louise Parker) champions Abbey's violence prevention provisions for an upcoming bill. Josh and Amy share a romantic moment. And Donna is appalled by a new intern, Ryan (Jesse Bradford).

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