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|Alias(es):||Petey (by Paul)|
|Age:||36 (at death)|
|Date of birth:||1977|
|Birthplace:||South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,|
United States of America
|Date of death:||September 21, 2013|
|Place of death:||Washington, D.C.,|
United States of America
|Cause of death:||Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by Frank Underwood|
|Father:||Arnold Russo (d.)|
|Played by:||Corey Stoll|
|First episode:||"Chapter 1"|
|Last episode:||"Chapter 11"|
|Appears in:||1 Season, 11 episodes|
Representative Peter Russo (1977 – September 21, 2013) was a congressman from South Philadelphia and former candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania left vacant by Vice President Jim Matthews .
Peter has a diploma from Drexel University and Temple University on the wall of his office.
Russo was married to Madelyn with whom he had a daughter Sarah, age 11, and a son Kevin, age 8, but they got divorced. Madelyn lives in Washington and has primary custody of their children. His Philly roots speak to his rough-around-the-edges style and his close ties to the people of his home city prove to be then reason why he was elected as a Congressman for his home state.
Russo is a Congressman representing the state of Pennsylvania. He follows the direction of Francis Underwood as a "repayment" of sorts; Russo was arrested for DUI and soliciting a prostitute (Rachel Posner), but Underwood covered up both. In the process of obeying Underwood's direction, Russo alienates his hometown supporter after failing to testify against a decision that greatly hurt the people of his hometown. The angry letters and emails he receives spark his past as an alcoholic and drug user, which eventually leads to neglect of his children. Christina Gallagher, who is his executive assistant and girlfriend, breaks up with Peter following his downward spiral.
Peter gathers himself and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and its during this "comeback" that Francis taps him to run for Governer of Pennsylvania. Despite being a less-than-ideal gubernatorial candidate on paper, Russo is selected to run for Governer with the help of Underwood. During the campaign, Francis makes a calculated move and sends Rachel Posner to a fundraiser party that Russo was in attendance. She seduces him and joins him in an all-night drinking binge the night before an important radio interview. Russo botches the interview and effectively ends his chances at Governer. He secludes himself in his apartment and continues to drink himself into a stupor, sneaks out of his apartment, and exhibits erratic, strange behavior. After calling his daughter, he decides to turn himself into the police to atone for his past crimes, but is intercepted by Doug Stamper.
After learning that Peter was going "take responsibility for himself and everything he had done," Frank worried that Peter would act recklessly and not in line with Underwood's plan. Underwood decides to murder Russo, but masks it as a suicide; while in the car together, Russo falls asleep in the passenger seat and Frank leaves the engine running with the garage door closed and wipes away any fingerprints on the steering wheel and door handle. Russo's death was reported to the President and others in the Oval Office, and Underwood pretended to be shocked and saddened.
Peter is an alcoholic and occasional drug user, and somewhat of a weak man. However, in his sober moments of self reflection and realization, he sets goals he works very ambitiously towards. He seems to be one of the only characters on the show with an actual gauge of what's right and wrong, although he sometimes finds it difficult to execute those decisions (e.g., the shipyard)
Behind the ScenesEdit
|"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"|
- Peter appeared in every episode up to his death.
- Peter has met all main characters except Zoe, Tom, Lucas and Adam.
|Party political offices|
|Preceded by||Democratic nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania|
| Succeeded by|