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Roger Tribbey is an American politician who served as the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Josiah Bartlet from 1999 to (presumably) 2005.


He was selected to be absent from Bartlet's second State of the Union address as the Designated Survivor, the government official who would succeed to the Presidency should a catastrophic event hit the address. He gave the President a gift; the Constitution translated into Latin (the product of a school project by students).[1]

President Bartlet gave him a summary of his own view of the Presidency, overheard by Leo McGarry, including the idea that a best friend who is smarter than oneself is the ideal Chief of Staff.

Tribbey reappears briefly, still Secretary of Agriculture, when he is one of the members of the Cabinet giving their 'consent' to the President's decision to relinquish his position temporarily.[2] President Walken refers to Tribbey when Walken declares that he himself is but one prime rib dinner away from a heart attack and "I don't want the Secretary of Agriculture bein' named as the next President of the United States", so the White House senior staff need to get their act together on choosing a VP.[3]

Notes and references

bartlet cabinet
Vice President   John HoynesBob Russell
Secretary of State   Lewis Berryhill
Secretary of the Treasury   Ken KatoKaren Browning
Secretary of Defense   Miles Hutchinson
Attorney General   Dan LarsonAlan Fisk
Secretary of the Interior   Bill Horton
Secretary of Agriculture   Roger Tribbey
Secretary of Commerce   Mitch Bryce
Secretary of Labor   Carl ReidJack Buckland
Secretary of Health and Human Services   Blieden
Secretary of Education   Jim Kane
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development   Deborah O'LearyBill Fisher
Secretary of Transportation   Keaton
Secretary of Energy   Ben ZaharianBill TrotterGerald Deloit
Secretary of Veterans Affairs   Weaver
White House Chief of Staff   Leo McGarryC.J. Cregg
Director of Central Intelligence   Rob KonradGeorge Rollie
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