Jack Buckland is a former US Olympian, who served as the Governor of Indiana but was facing term limits in 2002. When the MS scandal breaks out, Buckland takes advantage of the weakened status of the White House and starts courting Victor Campos, a Latinx advocate who is the most powerful California liaison for any Presidential candidate, as Campos oversees a vast network and helped President Bartlet win the state. The Bartlet Administration manages to reaffirm their relationship with Campos and Buckland, who would have challenged Bartlet in the 2002 Presidential primaries and is talked out of it by Josh Lyman, is instead offered the position of Secretary of Labor in the Bartlet Cabinet, succeeding Carl Reid.
Buckland is close to the labor unions, but is a moderate-to-conservative Democrat on other issues, particularly the environment. It is stated that Buckland helped Bartlet greatly in Indiana and the Midwest in the 1998 election and Josh Lyman felt he would have been a good addition to the ticket if they had not have chosen Hoynes (though Buckland himself believed Bartlet would not have won without Hoynes helping them unify Democrats and carry Southern states).
Olivia is a member of US House of Representatives.
Notes and references
|United States Secretary of Labor