Lionel Tribbey was the fourth White House Counsel to serve under President Josiah Bartlet.

Professional LifeEdit

He has a cricket bat that he threatens people with, which was given to him by "Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Windsor". Despite his original, clearly expressed views on having a Republican like Ainsley Hayes working for him, he is firmly, cricket bat in hand, on her side when two other members of staff abuse her.

He left a lucrative law practice in Chicago to serve in the White House. However, he strongly feels that Bartlet is too moderate on affirmative action, capital gains, public schools and free trade (in Ainsley's words). [1]

He was replaced by Oliver Babish, however, this was not disclosed until the episode Bad Moon Rising.


Lionel Tribbey: I will kill people today, Leo. I will kill people with this cricket bat, which was given to me by Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Windsor, and then I will kill them again with my own hands.

Lionel Tribbey: I believe as long as Justice Dreifort is intolerant towards gays, lesbians, blacks, unions, women, poor people, and the First, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Amendments, I will remain intolerant towards him!

Lionel Tribbey: believe I was ready to take a vacation Leo! I was ready to go someplace warm, with a beach, somebody bringing me drinks with little umbrellas in them!

Lionel Tribbey (upon overhearing two White House staffers tell Sam Seaborn that he can't fire them): Oh, yes. He can. Leave here, and don't ever come back. It's time for both of you to write your book now.