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[[Molly Ziegler]]<br>
 
[[Molly Ziegler]]<br>
 
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<small>(Ex-Wife)</small><br>|haircolor = Brown|eyecolor = Brown|actor = [[Richard Schiff]]}}'''Toby Ziegler''' is the [[White House Communications Director]] for seven years under [[President of the United States|President]] [[Josiah Bartlet]]. He is portrayed by [[Richard Schiff]].
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<small>(Ex-Wife)</small><br>|haircolor = Brown|eyecolor = Brown|actor = [[Richard Schiff]]}}'''Toby Ziegler''' is the [[White House Communications Director]] for seven years under [[Josiah Bartlet|President of the United States Josiah Bartlet]]. He’s portrayed by [[Richard Schiff]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Prior to the Bartlet Administration===
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===Before the Bartlet Administration===
Tobias "Toby" Ziegler was born and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in New York City.  His father, Jules "Julie" Ziegler, had been involved in organized crime since before his son's birth.  Toby had a brother, David, who was a NASA astronaut.  He was raised a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, and often expressed his disdain at the team's rivals in the American League East division. Toby claimed at one point to have seen 441 games at Yankee Stadium.
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Tobias “Toby” Ziegler was born and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in New York City. His father, Jules “Julie” Ziegler, had been involved in organized crime since before Toby’s birth. He had a brother, David, who was a NASA astronaut. He grew a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, once claiming to have seen 441 games at Yankee Stadium, and often expressed disdain at their rivals in the American League East division.
   
A longtime professional political operative, Toby worked on a Bronx borough president race, city council campaign, two Congressional races, Senatorial and gubernatorial races and the two Bartlet presidential campaigns.  The 1998 Presidential Election was his first win on a campaign.
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A longtime professional political operative, Toby worked on a Bronx borough president race, a city council campaign, two Congressional races, Senatorial and gubernatorial races and the two Bartlet presidential campaigns. The 1998 Presidential Election was his first win.
   
 
===Bartlet Administration===
 
===Bartlet Administration===
 
: ''To be West Wing-wikified''
 
: ''To be West Wing-wikified''
Toby was hired as White House Communications Director for President Josiah Bartlet He later learned he was not the first choice for the job.  His primary responsibility was to coordinate the "message" for the administration and ensure it is properly expressed by administration officials and allies in Washington.  He was also the President's primary speechwriter, sharing responsibility for the highest-priority speeches with Sam Seaborn.  In addition, he serves as a senior domestic policy advisor.
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Toby was hired as White House Communications Director for President [[Josiah Bartlet]]—later learning he hadn’t been his first choice. His primary responsibility was to coordinate the administration’s “message” and ensure its proper delivery by administration officials and allies in Washington. He was also the President’s primary speechwriter, sharing responsibility for the highest-priority speeches with [[Sam Seaborn]], and served as a senior domestic policy advisor.
   
He was close friends with the other members of the senior staff, and had a good working relationship with communications assistants [[Ginger]] and [[Bonnie]].  His prickly, dour personality was unsettling to strangers, but endearing to those he considered friends.  Toby often threw a rubber ball at the window separating his office from Sam's as a way of getting Sam to come quickly.  He continued the tradition when Sam was replaced as Deputy Communications Director by Will Bailey.  Will, attempting to work out his frustration about the second inaugural address, shattered the window with a throw of his own.
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He was close friends with the other senior staff members and had a good working relationship with assistants [[Ginger]] and [[Bonnie]]. His prickly, dour personality was unsettling to strangers but endearing to friends. He often threw a rubber ball at the window separating his office from Sam’s to get him to come quickly; he continued the tradition when Sam was replaced by [[Will Bailey]]—who, trying to work out his frustration with the second inaugural address, shattered the window with a throw of his own.
   
At some point early in Bartlet's first term, Toby separated from and later divorced his wife, Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt of Maryland. The two had clashed over Andie's desire to keep trying to conceive a child, while Toby wanted the couple to consider adoption (he actually said “A stop date” but corrected himself to adoption). Three years later, Toby and Andie conceived fraternal twins; they named the boy Huckleberry ("Huck" for short) after Andie's grandfather, and the girl Molly after a Secret Service agent gunned down during the abduction of Zoey Bartlet.
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Early in Bartlet’s first term, Toby separated from, and later divorced, his wife Congresswoman [[Andrea Wyatt]] of Maryland. They had clashed over her desire to keep trying to conceive a child, while he wanted to consider adoption (“a stop date” he said, before correcting himself). Three years later they conceived fraternal twins, named Huckleberry (“Huck”) after Andie’s grandfather, and Molly after [[Molly O'Connor|a Secret Service agent]] gunned down during [[Zoey Bartlet]]’s abduction.
   
Toby was, along with the rest of the senior staff, in Rosslyn, Virginia when white supremacists opened fire on the crowd.  Toby was unhurt but became concerned when he had trouble finding Josh Lyman He found Josh slumped against a wall with a critical gunshot wound to the torso and screamed for help.
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Toby, along with the rest of the senior staff, was in Rosslyn, Virginia when white supremacists opened fire on the crowd. He was unhurt but worried when he couldn’t see [[Josh Lyman]]; he found him slumped against a wall with a critical gunshot torso wound and screamed for help.
   
Toby had no trouble 'speaking truth to power' and frequently confronted the President and all team members on what he felt were examples of political cowardice or moral failures. The sole exception, someone whom he went out of his way not to fight or offend, was [[Dolores Landingham|Mrs. Landingham]].
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Toby had no trouble ‘speaking truth to power’ and frequently confronted the President and all team members on what he felt were examples of political cowardice or moral failure—the sole exception being [[Dolores Landingham|Mrs. Landingham]], whom he went out of his way not to fight or offend.
   
He was the first member of the senior staff (after Chief of Staff Leo McGarry) to learn of Bartlet's concealment of his multiple sclerosis.  He figured out something was wrong when Vice-President John Hoynes held an event in New Hampshire, a critical state in presidential primaries.  As Bartlet explained the disease and his concealment, Toby grew angry and confrontational After cooling down, he offered his support to his colleagues when it was their turn to speak to the President.
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He was the first senior staff member (after Chief of Staff [[Leo McGarry]]) to suspect of Bartlet’s multiple sclerosis, figuring something was wrong when Vice-President [[John Hoynes]] held an event in New Hampshire (a critical state in presidential primaries). As Bartlet revealed the disease and his concealment, Toby grew angry and confrontational, but then cooled down and offered support to his colleagues when it was their turn to speak to the President.
   
Toby was heavily involved in the 2002 reelection campaign.  He made the campaign be about :"Smart or not. Engaged or not." He called President Barlett "a heavyweight", and urged him to make the campaign "about  a heavyweight". Along with Josh Lyman and Donna Moss, he was left behind by the Presidential motorcade during a campaign stop in Indiana.  The trio spent 20 hours trying to make their way home, constantly running into obstacles along the way.  Early in the day he lost a bet with Josh and was forced to say "I work at the White House" whenever he said his name.  That evening, he struck up a conversation with a man named Matt Kelly, who had taken his daughter to visit Notre Dame but was worried about how he would pay for her education.  After the talk, Toby and Josh were inspired to advocate a plan to make college tuition tax deductable for Americans under a certain income threshold. 
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Toby was heavily involved in the 2002 reelection campaign, which he made about “smart or not, engaged or not”; he called Bartlet “a heavyweight” and urged him to focus the campaign on it. Along with Josh Lyman and [[Donna Moss]], he was left behind by the Presidential motorcade during a campaign stop in Indiana; they spent 20 hours trying to make their way home, constantly running into obstacles along the way. Early in the day he’d lost a bet with Josh and was forced to say ''“I work at the White House”'' along with his name. That evening he struck up a conversation with a bar patron who had taken his daughter to visit Notre Dame, but worried about how he’d pay for her education. This inspired Toby and Josh to advocate a plan making college tuition tax-deductible for Americans under a certain income threshold.
   
Toby once had a crush or "a touch of the poet", in [[C.J.]]'s words, for U.S. Poet Laureate, [[Tabatha Fortis]].
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Toby once had, in [[C.J. Cregg]]’s words, a crush or “touch of the poet” for U.S. Poet Laureate [[Tabatha Fortis]].
   
During the final year of Bartlet's second term, a White House source leaked classified information about the existence of a military space shuttle to New York Times correspondent Greg Brock.  As staffers were being issued subpoenas and intense scrutiny began to fall on Chief of Staff C.J. Cregg, Toby confessed to C.J. that he was the source of the leak.  He was fired and became the target of federal prosecution Because of this, he sat in the back of the church during the funeral of former White House Chief of Staff and Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Leo McGarry.  His relationship with Josh Lyman, already strained after Josh's resignation to run the Matthew Santos presidential campaign, was tested again by the shuttle scandal Despite several tense exchanges, Toby unofficially advised Josh during the final weeks of the general election campaign.
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During the final year of Bartlet’s second term, classified information on a military space shuttle was leaked to New York Times correspondent [[Greg Brock]]. As staffers were subpoenaed and intense scrutiny began to fall on then Chief of Staff C.J., Toby confessed to her to be the leak’s source. He was fired and became the target of federal prosecution; because of this, he sat in the back of the church during the funeral of Leo McGarry. His relationship with Josh, already strained after Lyman’s resignation to run [[Matthew Santos]]’s presidential campaign, was tested again by the shuttle scandal but, despite several tense exchanges, he unofficially advised Josh during the campaign’s final weeks.
   
Toby was pardoned of his crime by President Bartlet, in what turned out to be the President's final official act before leaving the White House.
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Toby was pardoned of his crime by President Bartlet in what turned out to be the latter’s final official act before leaving the White House.
   
 
===After the Bartlet Administration===
 
===After the Bartlet Administration===
   
   
A "flash-forward" reveals Toby has become a professor at Columbia University at the time of the Bartlet Presidential Library's dedication His relationship with his colleagues and the President appeared significantly repaired.
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A “flash-forward” reveals Toby had become a professor at Columbia University at the time of the Bartlet Presidential Library’s dedication, his relationship with his colleagues and the President seeming quite repaired.
   
 
==Resume==
 
==Resume==
 
===Education===
 
===Education===
   
*He attended the [[City College of New York|City University of New York]], but his undergraduate major is unknown. It is known that amongst his postgraduate degrees is a law degree<ref>[[And It's Surely to Their Credit]]: Sam Seaborn points out to Leo that everyone present in the room at that time is a lawyer, including Toby.</ref>, although his alma mater is unknown.
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*He attended the [[City College of New York|City University of New York]], but his undergraduate major is unknown. It’s known that amongst his postgraduate degrees is a law degree<ref>[[And It's Surely to Their Credit]]: Sam Seaborn points out to Leo that everyone present in the room at that time is a lawyer, including Toby.</ref>, although his alma mater is unknown.
   
 
===Political History===
 
===Political History===
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* Political Campaign Consultant for the US [[Senate]]
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the US [[Senate]]
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the New York Gubernatorial race
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the New York Gubernatorial race
* [[1997]]-[[1998]]&nbsp;: [[Communications Director]] for the "[[Bartlet for America]]" presidential campaign
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* [[1997]]-[[1998]]&nbsp;: [[Communications Director]] for the [[Bartlet for America]] presidential campaign
 
* [[1999]]-[[2006]]&nbsp;: White House Communications Director and Senior Domestic Policy Advisor
 
* [[1999]]-[[2006]]&nbsp;: White House Communications Director and Senior Domestic Policy Advisor
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* In Clement Rollins' list of subpoenas, his name is given as "Toby Zachary Ziegler" ("[[Ways and Means]]"). However, while being deposed by Freedom Watch regarding a lawsuit brought against [[Andrea Wyatt]] for failing to disclose her pregnancy during the 2002 election, he states his full name as "Tobias Zachary Ziegler" ("[[Holy Night]]").
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* In Clement Rollins’s list of subpoenas, his name is given as “Toby Zachary Ziegler” (“''[[Ways and Means]]''”). However, while being deposed by Freedom Watch regarding a lawsuit brought against Andrea for failing to disclose her pregnancy during the 2002 election, he states his full name as “Tobias Zachary Ziegler” (“''[[Holy Night]]''”).
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==

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Toby Ziegler is the White House Communications Director for seven years under President of the United States Josiah Bartlet. He’s portrayed by Richard Schiff.

Biography

Before the Bartlet Administration

Tobias “Toby” Ziegler was born and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in New York City. His father, Jules “Julie” Ziegler, had been involved in organized crime since before Toby’s birth. He had a brother, David, who was a NASA astronaut. He grew a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, once claiming to have seen 441 games at Yankee Stadium, and often expressed disdain at their rivals in the American League East division.

A longtime professional political operative, Toby worked on a Bronx borough president race, a city council campaign, two Congressional races, Senatorial and gubernatorial races and the two Bartlet presidential campaigns. The 1998 Presidential Election was his first win.

Bartlet Administration

To be West Wing-wikified

Toby was hired as White House Communications Director for President Josiah Bartlet—later learning he hadn’t been his first choice. His primary responsibility was to coordinate the administration’s “message” and ensure its proper delivery by administration officials and allies in Washington. He was also the President’s primary speechwriter, sharing responsibility for the highest-priority speeches with Sam Seaborn, and served as a senior domestic policy advisor.

He was close friends with the other senior staff members and had a good working relationship with assistants Ginger and Bonnie. His prickly, dour personality was unsettling to strangers but endearing to friends. He often threw a rubber ball at the window separating his office from Sam’s to get him to come quickly; he continued the tradition when Sam was replaced by Will Bailey—who, trying to work out his frustration with the second inaugural address, shattered the window with a throw of his own.

Early in Bartlet’s first term, Toby separated from, and later divorced, his wife Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt of Maryland. They had clashed over her desire to keep trying to conceive a child, while he wanted to consider adoption (“a stop date” he said, before correcting himself). Three years later they conceived fraternal twins, named Huckleberry (“Huck”) after Andie’s grandfather, and Molly after a Secret Service agent gunned down during Zoey Bartlet’s abduction.

Toby, along with the rest of the senior staff, was in Rosslyn, Virginia when white supremacists opened fire on the crowd. He was unhurt but worried when he couldn’t see Josh Lyman; he found him slumped against a wall with a critical gunshot torso wound and screamed for help.

Toby had no trouble ‘speaking truth to power’ and frequently confronted the President and all team members on what he felt were examples of political cowardice or moral failure—the sole exception being Mrs. Landingham, whom he went out of his way not to fight or offend.

He was the first senior staff member (after Chief of Staff Leo McGarry) to suspect of Bartlet’s multiple sclerosis, figuring something was wrong when Vice-President John Hoynes held an event in New Hampshire (a critical state in presidential primaries). As Bartlet revealed the disease and his concealment, Toby grew angry and confrontational, but then cooled down and offered support to his colleagues when it was their turn to speak to the President.

Toby was heavily involved in the 2002 reelection campaign, which he made about “smart or not, engaged or not”; he called Bartlet “a heavyweight” and urged him to focus the campaign on it. Along with Josh Lyman and Donna Moss, he was left behind by the Presidential motorcade during a campaign stop in Indiana; they spent 20 hours trying to make their way home, constantly running into obstacles along the way. Early in the day he’d lost a bet with Josh and was forced to say “I work at the White House” along with his name. That evening he struck up a conversation with a bar patron who had taken his daughter to visit Notre Dame, but worried about how he’d pay for her education. This inspired Toby and Josh to advocate a plan making college tuition tax-deductible for Americans under a certain income threshold.

Toby once had, in C.J. Cregg’s words, a crush or “touch of the poet” for U.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis.

During the final year of Bartlet’s second term, classified information on a military space shuttle was leaked to New York Times correspondent Greg Brock. As staffers were subpoenaed and intense scrutiny began to fall on then Chief of Staff C.J., Toby confessed to her to be the leak’s source. He was fired and became the target of federal prosecution; because of this, he sat in the back of the church during the funeral of Leo McGarry. His relationship with Josh, already strained after Lyman’s resignation to run Matthew Santos’s presidential campaign, was tested again by the shuttle scandal but, despite several tense exchanges, he unofficially advised Josh during the campaign’s final weeks.

Toby was pardoned of his crime by President Bartlet in what turned out to be the latter’s final official act before leaving the White House.

After the Bartlet Administration

A “flash-forward” reveals Toby had become a professor at Columbia University at the time of the Bartlet Presidential Library’s dedication, his relationship with his colleagues and the President seeming quite repaired.

Resume

Education

  • He attended the City University of New York, but his undergraduate major is unknown. It’s known that amongst his postgraduate degrees is a law degree[1], although his alma mater is unknown.

Political History

Trivia

  • In Clement Rollins’s list of subpoenas, his name is given as “Toby Zachary Ziegler” (“Ways and Means”). However, while being deposed by Freedom Watch regarding a lawsuit brought against Andrea for failing to disclose her pregnancy during the 2002 election, he states his full name as “Tobias Zachary Ziegler” (“Holy Night”).

Behind the scenes

See also

References

  1. And It's Surely to Their Credit: Sam Seaborn points out to Leo that everyone present in the room at that time is a lawyer, including Toby.
PREDECESSOR
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White House Communications Director
19992006
SUCCESSOR
Will Bailey
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