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Bob Birch is the current Democratic (Minority) Leader and former Speaker of the House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, he represents a congressional district in Arizona.

Biography

Season One

Birch, Speaker of the House, feared that Donald Blythe’s education bill could be used as fodder for the Republicans (Chapter 2). Nevertheless, he worried that Frank Underwood’s deletion of collective bargaining from the education bill would result in him losing the next election. Linda Vasquez had Frank tell Birch that President Walker would reconsider collective bargaining if he could give a date for when the bill would go to the house, but Birch nevertheless refused to support the bill. Frank responded by trying to get David Rasmussen to oust Birch; although this plan failed to remove Birch, it did convince Birch to support the education bill and result in Rasmussen being replaced by Terry Womack (Chapter 4). Birch went as far as to blame Marty Spinella for the heightened threats to the Democratic leadership (Chapter 6).

Bob Birch

Birch and Underwood question Rasmussen on his alleged coup.

Underwood later leaked info hinting that Walker was considering Birch for Vice-President in an attempt to create tension between the President and Raymond Tusk (Chapter 13).

Season Two

Following Underwood’s accession to the Vice-Presidency, Birch backed Howard Webb for Chief Whip while Underwood backed Wes Buchwalter (Chapter 14). As a member of the Democratic Leadership, Birch was invited to Underwood’s private swearing-in (Chapter 15). He was also present when Underwood became President following Walker’s resignation (Chapter 26). 

Season Three

Along with Womack, Sharpe, Willard Erickson and Casey Giallo, Birch asked Underwood to consider not running for office in 2016, adding that if he did run, he would not have his support. Underwood immediately suspected that Birch was behind the movement, but discovered later that it was in fact Womack. Underwood hoped that he could get the Democratic Leadership, including Birch, to support AmericaWorks in exchange for not running (Chapter 28). In retaliation for Birch continuing to give him the cold shoulder, Underwood put him at the far end of the dinner table during the state dinner with Viktor Petrov so he could work with Hector Mendoza instead, with the bonus of humiliating Birch. Birch was further angered when Barney Hull requested America Works be put into action, even threatening to impeach Underwood for raiding Congressional funds (Chapter 31). With Henry Mitchell, Birch attempted to maneuver Underwood into returning the funding to the Disaster Relief Fund, a move which was ultimately successful (Chapter 34). 

Season Four

Birch was against Acting President Blythe going to the G7 Conference in Brandenburg while the President was recovering from Lucas Goodwin’s assassination attempt, and pointed out that the House might need to find money for a state funeral (Chapter 45). Following Underwood’s recovery, Birch joined the rest of the Democratic Leadership in reviewing the President’s choice of a running mate for the 2016 election, pushing for a politician moderate on gun rights (Chapter 46). Ultimately, Dean Austen was Birch’s choice, and was upset when Austen backed out following a leak orchestrated by Underwood. He had doubts about holding an open convention to choose the running mate, but changed his mind, hoping the press would overshadow the news of Ted Brockhart’s recent resignation (Chapter 47).

Personal

Birch has a large penis, which he has dangled in front of Frank at least twice to assert his superiority (Chapter 2). He had trouble trusting Jackie Sharp, whom he considered to be under Frank’s influence . Lorrie Tate referred to Birch as a "pig," to which Jackie Sharp replied, "He used to have two white, middle-aged guys at his side, now he’s got a Black guy and a woman twenty years his junior(Chapter 16).” Republicans accused him of being "inexperienced" before the 2014 Congressional elections (Chapter 20). 

Birch is married (Chapter 29). 

Behind the Scenes

  • Bob Birch was portrayed by Larry Pine.
  • The character of Birch can be considered a minor antagonist. While he is rarely on Frank's side, he is also not one of Frank's nemesis like Raymond Tusk.

Quotes

  • “Vasquez must be shitting herself. Shitting herself while Walker is shitting himself then shoveling his shit on her shit.” (Chapter 2)
  • “The President can fuck himself.” (Chapter 4)
  • {On Barney Hull and Frank Underwood) "Motherfucker..." (Chapter 31)

Appearances

Season 1
"Chapter 1" "Chapter 2" "Chapter 3" "Chapter 4" "Chapter 5"
"Chapter 6" "Chapter 7" "Chapter 8" "Chapter 9" "Chapter 10"
"Chapter 11" "Chapter 12" "Chapter 13"
Season 2
"Chapter 14" "Chapter 15" "Chapter 16" "Chapter 17" "Chapter 18"
"Chapter 19" "Chapter 20" "Chapter 21" "Chapter 22" "Chapter 23"
"Chapter 24" "Chapter 25" "Chapter 26"
Season 5
"Chapter 53" "Chapter 54" "Chapter 55" "Chapter 56" "Chapter 57"
"Chapter 58" "Chapter 59" "Chapter 60" "Chapter 61" "Chapter 62"
"Chapter 63" "Chapter 64" "Chapter 65"
Season 3
"Chapter 27" "Chapter 28" "Chapter 29" "Chapter 30" "Chapter 31"
"Chapter 32" "Chapter 33" "Chapter 34" "Chapter 35" "Chapter 36"
"Chapter 37" "Chapter 38" "Chapter 39"

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