Ritchie was a member of the United States House of Representatives in the 106th Congress.

In 2000, Toby Ziegler believed that Ritchie would be one of many congressmen to meet with President Bartlet regarding his Federal Election Committee appointments.[1]


This is one of many examples of name recycling on the show. It is possible that Congressman Ritchie was related to Governor Robert Ritchie of Florida, but unlikely that they are the same person, as Ritchie would have been Governor at the time and had not met Bartlet by this point. The dialogue suggests that the congressmen are Democrats.

  1. "You're still going to hear from Stadler and Ross." "Probably from McCovey, Lester, Brock...probably Klesko, Trask..." "Ritchie." from Mandatory Minimums

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