Paul Capra is a senior union official in South Philadelphia and a lifelong friend of Peter Russo's. He was the main campaigner against the closing of the Philadelphia shipyard. After Russo's death, Capra was canvassed to run for Russo's old seat in Congress.


Season 1

After Peter Russo's failure to prevent the closure of the Philadelphia Shipyard, Capra arrives at Russo's office to berate him over what he feels is a betrayal, but is promptly asked to leave.

Later, while trying to gain the support of the Shipbuilder's Association, Russo shows up at Capra's house and the two fight, before deciding to work together to convince the Association to support him.

We last see Capra after Russo's death, when he is invited to Russo's office by Christina to talk about the possibility of him running for Russo's place as Congressman.

Behind the Scenes

  • Paul Capra was portrayed by Wass Stevens in Season 1 of House of Cards.
  • The character's name seems to be a nod to director Frank Capra, who is famous for directing the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington".


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"

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