Howard Stackhouse works as a Democratic Senator for Minnesota.
Stackhouse, as of 2001, was a 5-term Minnesota Senator with 7 grandchildren. While campaigning, he would only take photographs with 6 of his grandchildren because the other one suffered from autism.
When he tried to convince Josh Lyman to keep funds for early diagnosis of autism in a bill but was unsuccessful, he unexpectedly filibustered it. It wasn't until several hours in that it was realized why he did so, and President Bartlet had various other grandfather-Senators help him to stall the bill till it could be reworked.
Stackhouse was also one of several congressmen Chief of Staff Leo McGarry asked to send representatives to the White House when they were preparing to defend themselves on mandatory minimums. All of the congressman asked had family members who had somehow gotten out of a longer punishment for drug related crimes and favored more money going to sentencing, rather then treatment.
When Mark Gottfried of Capital Beat couldn't get Wengland to discuss the opposing view of the White House on a 1.5 billion education package, Senator Stackhouse was the second person they tried to get but was also unavailable.
During the 2002 Presidential Election, early on he ran as a third-party candidate, however he convinced congressional leaders that he'd drop out of the race and endorse President Bartlet before the first debate. In a poll of likely voters, Stackhouse polled at about 4% in New York and California, and was only on the ballot in 27 other states.
As promised, the morning after Red Mass he dropped out and endorsed President Bartlet.
- Senator from early 1970s - at least 2002
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