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When people don't know who their enemy is, they start with people who look like me.

Seth Wright is the current White House Press Secretary who originally worked under the Richmond administration as a speechwriter. When Richmond was killed and Tom Kirkman became the new President, Seth became a close adviser to Kirkman and was later promoted to White House Press Secretary.


Seth is a graduate of Harvard University. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club.

When the series opened Seth was a White House speechwriter. He was tasked to write a section of the State of the Union speech relating to the suggestions of the HUD department.

His first ever meeting with the new President Kirkman was in a White House restroom. After declaring his opinion that Secretary Kirkman was unsuitable candidacy for the office of the President, Seth was nonetheless asked to write President Kirkman's first speech to the American people regarding the Capitol bombing.

Seth began dating Emily Rhodes in the aftermath of her father's White House visit. Their relationship intensified after Alex Kirkman's death. Due to Emily's uncertainty regarding their relationship Seth broke up with her, at least until she decides what she wants for them. By the end of season 2 it is unclear whether they are on a temporary break or permanently separated.


  • The actor, Kal Penn, has actually worked as a White House staffer in real life.
  • Seth is adopted[1]
  • He is the third White House press secretary to be named Seth.

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