2001 was between the midterm elections and a presidential election year in the United States.
- The funeral of Dolores Landingham.
- Josiah Bartlet MS scandal.
- President Bartlett Announces his Re-Election Bid
- May : Dolores Landingham
Events of The West Wing
- early January : events of The Leadership Breakfast
- mid January: events of The Drop In
- January 20 : events of Bartlet's Third State of the Union and The War at Home
- February-April : events of Ellie, Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail, and The Stackhouse Filibuster
- April : events of 17 People, Bad Moon Rising, and The Fall's Gonna Kill You
- May : events of 18th and Potomac and Two Cathedrals
- mid May-mid June: events of Manchester (Part I) and Manchester (Part II)
- September : events of Ways and Means
- early October : events of On the Day Before
- mid October : events of War Crimes
- late October-mid November : events of Gone Quiet
- November 21 : events of The Indians in the Lobby
- late November-December : events of The Women of Qumar
- December 23 : events of Bartlet for America
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