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Doug Stamper
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Name: Douglas Stamper
Alias(es): Peter (pseudonym)
Doug (nickname)
Status: Alive
Age: 51
Date of birth: April 1, 1964
Birthplace: San Francisco, California,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Washington, D.C.,
United States of America
Affiliation: United States House of Representatives
Profession: Chief of Staff to the President of the United States (2015-present)
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States (2013-2014)
Chief of Staff to the House Majority Whip (2003-2013)
Sibling(s): Brother:
Gary Stamper
Significant other(s): Ex-lovers:
Saphire (2013-2015),
Tammy (2014)
Played by: Michael Kelly
Seasons: 1, 2, 3
First episode: "Chapter 1"
Appears in: 3 seasons, 25+ episodes

Douglas "Doug" Stamper (born April 1, 1964) is President Frank Underwood's White House Chief of Staff and former director of strategy.


Stamper was born in San Francisco, California. His family later moved to Columbus, Ohio. Unlike his brother, he never saw the appeal of settling down with a wife and children, and moved to Washington, D.C. to further his career.

Season 1Edit

In Season 1, Stamper used Rachel Posner to seduce Peter Russo, compromising his pledge of sobriety, which led to Russo's failed candidacy and eventual death. Also, Stamper was a recovering alcoholic. Despite being over 14 years sober he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He used that fact to keep Russo clean for the necessary time, sponsoring and taking Russo to meetings.

Season 2Edit

When Posner met Zoe Barnes for an impromptu conversation about Russo's death, and Underwood's ascension to the Vice Presidency, Posner chose to have her own personal life played out in the press rather than rat out Stamper and Underwood's plan. Doug moved Rachel out of the public eye and forced her to live in a new apartment in Joppa, Maryland away from Washington. He also disapproved of, and attempted to sabotage her relationship with Lisa Williams. This caused much tension between them and led to Rachel snapping and escaping from his car as he transported her away from Joppa.

Doug was also used by Frank Underwood to investigate the dealings between Raymond Tusk and Xander Feng, monitoring the Native American casino they used to launder campaign money. He later flew to Beijing to meet with Feng on Underwood's behalf.


Doug Stamper dead

Doug lies motionless.

Doug was attacked by Rachel Posner after he pursued her into the woods from his car. She used a brick to strike him on the head three times. Incapacitated, he remained almost motionless and undiscovered as a helicopter passed nearby.

Season 3Edit


In Season 3 it is revealed that Doug was found and did survive the attack but suffered from brain damage which causes problems with his leg. This requires six months of hospitalization, use of a cane and extensive physiotherapy.


After the attack, Stamper suffers from serious anxiety and depression. After breaking his arm after slipping in the shower, Stamper is prescribed painkillers, which kick-started his descent back into alcoholism. Although he initially regulates the amount of liquor he drinks with a syringe, Stamper later starts drinking uncontrollably. This is exacerbated when he is informed by Gavin Orsay that Rachel Posner has been killed in a car accident. He eventually turns up to a meeting with President Frank Underwood intoxicated, begging for help. Frank blames the relapse on the stress caused by Doug's working for Heather Dunbar. After threatening her, Frank decides to help his old friend.


With the aid of his brother Gary Stamper, Doug returns to sobriety, and convinces Frank Underwood to give him the position of White House Chief of Staff after Remy Danton resigns. He proves his loyalty to Underwood by burning a page from the doctors journal he promised Dunbar, as it contained details of the secret abortion Claire Underwood had. Doug reveals Dunbar had been willing to pay him $2,000,000 for the journal.

After being betrayed by Gavin Orsay, Stamper enlists in the help of friend Nathan Green, who has tracked Orsay to Caracas, Venezuela. Unable to officially extradite him to the U.S., Doug personally travels to Caracas to find Gavin. Upon finding him living in a moored boat, Doug severely beats Gavin with his cane, causing him to eventually disclose the location of Rachel Posner.

Upon returning to the U.S., Doug travels to Santa Fe, New Mexico and begins to stalk Rachel. After purchasing a van, shovel and various chemicals (acetone and bleach to make chloroform), he kidnaps her and drives her to the middle of the desert. Doug initially shows compassion to Rachel, allowing her to leave when she claims she is starting a new life as Cassie Lockhart and has no desire to get involved uncovering Frank Underwood's crimes. However, Doug quickly changes his mind. He turns the van around and runs Rachel over, killing her. He then proceeds to bury her body in the pre-dug grave in the New Mexico desert. He then returns to White House to officially serve as Frank's Chief of Staff.


Quiet, cold, and calculating, Stamper was a vital cog in Underwood's political machine, serving as his chief of staff. His talents for discretion and subterfuge allow him to be ruthlessly efficient.

Stamper has demonstrated a willingness to control his targets mainly through coercion. Due to his proven skills and decades-long loyalty, Underwood fully trusts Stamper, giving him a high degree of autonomy in his work.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Doug Stamper is currently portrayed by Michael Kelly.


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 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"


Political offices
Preceded by
Remy Danton
White House Chief of Staff
2015 – present
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Order of Precedence of the United States
as White House Chief of Staff
Succeeded by

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