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Tom Hammerschmidt
Tom Hammerschmidt
Name: Thomas Hammerschmidt
Alias(es): The Hammer
Status: Alive
Age: 58
Date of birth: March 7, 1956
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Washington, D.C.
Profession: Freelance Journalist & Author
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Cynthia (d.)
Played by: Boris McGiver
Seasons: 1, 2
Appears in: 2 seasons, 7 episodes

Tom Hammerschmidt (born March 7, 1956) is the former editor-in-chief of The Washington Herald.


The Washington Herald Edit

As the chief editor at The Washington Herald, Hammerschmidt presided over a newsroom that included the White House correspondent Janine Skorsky, political editor Lucas Goodwin, and upstart metro reporter Zoe Barnes.

Hammerschmidt faced a major challenge to his authority during early 2013 as a result of young Barnes gaining a measure of journalistic prominence and news media fame after penning several articles based on sensitive info leaked to her by the scheming House Majority Whip Frank Underwood as part of the senior congressman's personal retribution agenda against the President Garrett Walker and presidential Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez for reneging on their promise of giving him the Secretary of State post in the event of Walker's election victory.

Stuck on the metropolitan D.C. beat and profoundly unhappy about having to file banal human interest pieces, Barnes thus finally got the big break she was after via a story on the upcoming education bill that was at the very top of new President Garrett Walker's legislative agenda. Based on the actual Congressman Donald Blythe-developed education bill draft, a 300-page document that was leaked to her by Underwood, Barnes' piece represented a major scoop for the Herald. After Hammerschmidt got the paper's legal department involved and assigned a more senior reporter Janine Skorsky to provide additional input, the story went to print immediately. Hammerschmidt put it on the front page, the day after the President Garrett Walker's inauguration, causing huge problems for the administration on its first day in office.

Within days, Barnes dropped another bombshell based on additional information Underwood supplied her with - this time it was the unsigned 1978 editorial from the Williams College Register, a college paper edited at the time by the current nominee for the Secretary of State post Michael Kern. The editorial is highly critical of Israel, and though Kern's authorship wasn't at all established, even being connected to it was enough to cause major political damage to Kern. For Barnes on the other hand, her Herald piece about the 35-year-old college paper editorial caused another sensation and further established her journalistic credibility around D.C. so much so that national U.S. electronic media began giving her spots on their programmes.

Watching her media blitz that included several CNN spots, Hammerschmidt wasn't at all happy with the tone and content of Barnes' television appearances. After letting her know as much they got into an argument that resulted in Hammerschmidt forbidding the reporter from appearing on television for one month. He eventually fired Barnes after calling her a "cunt". After declaring that he saw no need to adapt the Washington Herald to changing times, Margaret Tilden forced Tom to resign. However, even though he was forced to resign, he left on very cordial terms with his boss.

He returns to visit the Herald in Season 2 to catch up with Lucas Goodwin. He shows obvious concern for Lucas after hearing his case that Frank Underwood murdered both Peter Russo and Zoe, noting that he wouldn't be able to print a word of it if he was still his boss. When Lucas gets put in Prison for Cyberterrorism, he does his best to put a credible article that could help his case. Unfortuntely, all of Lucas's claims were based on conjecture and he therefore couldn't help him.


Tom is a no-nonsense, tough, and skilled editor who is dedicated to the Washington Herald. He has little interest in any journalism that isn't based on hard investigation or is used for self-promotion. This puts him at odds with Zoe Barnes, who goes on television to promote herself and is more interested in social media. After Tom's resignation following his outburst at Zoe, he begins working on a novel that he even admits is crap.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Tom Hammerschmidt was portrayed by Boris McGiver in Seasons 1 and 2 of House of Cards.  


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"

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