Frank Underwood

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Frank Underwood
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46th President of the United States
In office
At least until Season 3
Term ends
On his terms
PredecessorGarrett Walker
U.S. President
October 28, 2014-present
U.S. Vice President
December 15, 2013–October 28, 2014
House Majority Whip
House of Representatives
Base salary$400,000
Bachelor'sThe Sentinel
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthNovember 5, 1959
Place of birthGaffney, South Carolina
Francis John “Frank” Underwood (b. November 5, 1959, in Gaffney, SC) is the 46th and current President of the United States.

Prior to becoming President, Underwood served as U.S. Vice President and as majority whip for the United States House of Representatives, serving South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.

Underwood is the second person to serve as U.S. Vice President and President without having won election to either office. The first person to do this was Gerald Ford.


Underwood began his political career as a member of the South Carolina State Senate. In 1990, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. Underwood became House Majority Whip in 2005. He continued to serve as House Majority Whip until he became U.S. Vice President on December 15, 2013. He became U.S. President on October 28, 2014.

Underwood was passed over for an appointment as United States Secretary of State although he had been promised the position after ensuring the election of then-U.S. President Garrett Walker.

Political philosophy

According to Underwood, "The road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties."

Political Courage Test

When asked to take the Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test, Underwood replied "I couldn't possibly comment."

Campaign donors

Donor Amount
Netflix, Inc.[1] $100,000,000


Underwood is a staunch proponent of film tax credits. He has lobbied the Maryland General Assembly to extend millions of dollars in film tax credits.[2]


According to Salon, Underwood is "brilliant, conniving, mercurial and wholly without ideology — that is, as long as you don’t count raw personal ambition as ideology."[3]

The New York Times called Underwood a "scheming politician" who does "some of the most evil and underhanded things imaginable."[4]


Underwood's father, a peach farmer, died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Underwood has a wife named Claire.

Underwood counts Niccolò Machiavelli among his influences.[5] He is a voracious carnivore.[6]

Underwood is the first U.S. President to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Garrett Walker
United States President
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Matthews
United States Vice President
Succeeded by
Preceded by
United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
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South Carolina State Senate
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