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David Wellington
David Wellington.jpg
Status: Alive
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Profession: White House Chief of Staff
Significant other(s): Simone Martin (on/off lover)
Played by: Linus Roache
Season(s): 6, 7, 8
First episode: "America First"
Last episode: "Prisoners of War"

Played by Linus Roache, David Wellington is the current White House Chief of Staff. He replaced the previous Chief of Staff Rob Emmons, who was killed in an assassination attempt on Elizabeth Keane.


David Wellington is the White House Chief of Staff to Presidents Elizabeth Keane, Ralph Warner and Benjamin Hayes. He is Keane's close friend and former campaign manager during her Congressional days, and is hired after Keane's previous chief of staff, Rob Emmons, is killed.

In the early days of Keane's administration, Wellington learns that his on-and-off girlfriend, Simone Martin, is a Russian spy attempting to implicate him for the assassination of General Jamie McClendon, thereby sabotaging the Keane administration.

After Keane resigns and her Vice President, Ralph Warner, takes over, Wellington remains on as chief of staff. When Warner dies in a helicopter crash and his inexperienced VP, Benjamin Hayes, inherits the presidency, Wellington finds much of his advice falling on deaf ears.

About Him

Elizabeth Keane's chief of staff, close advisor and old friend has his hands full with the newly elected president. He tries to keep her on the straight and narrow but it's a difficult job, and his loyalty to her runs deep.

Season 7

After Jamie McClendon mysteriously died in prison after being sentenced for the failed assassination attempt, Carrie suspected that Wellington may have given the order and learned that he was in an on/off relationship with a woman named Simone Martin, who lived close to the prison where McClendon died. He was also suspected of being involved in the murder and handed in his resignation to Keane, which she would not accept.

Season 8

Now acting as White House Chief of Staff under Keane's successor Ralph Warner, he tells the latter that his Vice President Benjamin Hayes may be meeting with donors in a bid to organize a primary challenge in a bid to bring down Warner.

Following Warner's death in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Benjamin Hayes becomes President and Wellington tells him to grant the order to bomb the crash site.

Behind the Scenes


Season 6
"Fair Game" "The Man in the Basement" "The Covenant" "A Flash of Light" "Casus Belli"
"The Return" "Imminent Risk" "Alt. Truth" "Sock Puppets" "The Flag House"
"R for Romeo" America First
Season 7
Enemy of the State Rebel Rebel Standoff Like Bad at Things Active Measures
Species Jump Andante Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter Useful Idiot Clarity
All In Paean to the People
Season 8
"Deception Indicated" "Catch and Release" False Friends Chalk One Up Chalk Two Down
Two Minutes F**ker Shot Me Threnody(s) In Full Flight Designated Driver
The English Teacher Prisoners of War