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Jim Matthews
Jim Matthews
Status: Alive
Birthplace: Pennsylvania,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Profession: Governor of Pennsylvania
(2011-2013, 2013-present)

Vice President of the United States
(2013)

Seasons: 1
First episode: Chapter 1
Appears in: 4 Episodes
Gallery

Governor Jim Matthews is the 48th and current Governor of Pennsylvania. He previously served as the 48th Vice President of the United States, and as Pennsylvania's 46th Governor, before leaving the vice presidency to run for his former position as governor to replace the late Peter Russo as the Democratic nominee.

Biography

Early life

In a speech, he mentioned that his father was from the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Political Career

Matthews won the Democratic nomination in the 2010 election for Governor of Pennsylvania on May 18, 2010. He defeated Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato (who he later chose to be his running mate), State Senator Anthony Williams, Auditor General Jack Wagner, and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel. He defeated Republican State Attorney General Tom Corbett in the general election with 54.5% to 45.5% of the vote.

After a year as serving as Governor, he mounted a brief presidential campaign after incumbent President Barack Obama announced he would not run for re-election, but was defeated by Garrett Walker, who as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, chose Matthews to be his running mate in the 2012 election in the hopes that he would carry the state of Pennsylvania, which he did.

During his time as Vice President, Matthews feels undervalued and brushed aside by the president in regard to policy. His opinion is not valued by Walker and he discusses the subject with Peter Russo while on a bus tour through Pennsylvania. Eventually, Walker and Matthews prove to be an ineffective team, and their already rocky relationship is damaged even further after Frank Underwood tells both men that the other had been speaking negatively about each other. This dysfunctional relationship then made it easy for Matthews to resign as Vice President and run again for his old office of Governor of Pennsylvania.

Following his resignation as Vice President, Matthews found himself in a rematch against Corbett in the 2013 special election, held pursuant to Matthews' resignation as Governor, and was successful, easily defeating the embattled former Republican Attorney General and was sworn-in as Governor again on January 21, 2014.

He later won a third term as Governor in the regular 2014 general election, as during 2015, while still Governor, Matthews was critical of President Underwood's use of an executive order to fund America Works using FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, when Hurricane Faith was on a collision course for the eastern seaboard. He stated that the president "undermined the separation of powers and put the fate of the entire East Coast in Hurricane Faith's hands." He publicly urged Underwood to sign a bill that would replenish the DRF.

Behind the Scenes

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"
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Rendell
Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
2010
Succeeded by
Peter Russo
Preceded by
Joe Biden
Democratic vice presidential nominee
2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Peter Russo
Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania
2013, 2014
Succeeded by
himself
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Rendell
Governor of Pennsylvania
January 18, 2011–January 20, 2013
Succeeded by
Dan Onorato
Preceded by
Joe Biden
Vice President of the United States
January 20, 2013–September 28, 2013
Succeeded by
Frank Underwood
Preceded by
Dan Onorato
Governor of Pennsylvania
January 21, 2014–present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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