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{{Person|name = Tobias Ziegler|birthname = Tobias Zachary Ziegler|nickname = Toby|profession = Politics|jobs = [[Communications Director]] ([[1999]] - [[2006]])|image = Toby Ziegler.jpg|seasons = [[Season 1|1]], [[Season 2|2]], [[Season 3|3]], [[Season 4|4]], [[Season 5|5]], [[Season 6|6]], [[Season 7|7]]|first = [[Pilot]]|last = [[Tomorrow]]|affiliation = [[Democratic Party]]|family = [[Jules Ziegler]]<br>
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[[David Ziegler]]<br>
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<small>(Brother)</small><br>
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|birthname = Tobias Zachary Ziegler
[[Andrea Wyatt]]<br>
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|dob = December 23rd 1954<ref name="holy">[[Holy Night]]</ref><ref>[[Enemies Foreign and Domestic]] — Despite Toby's birthday being the subject of the Season 4 Christmas episode, he mentions here that he is 44 years old, which would make his birth year 1957</ref>
<small>(Ex-Wife)</small><br>
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[[Huckleberry Ziegler]]<br>
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|profession = Politics
<small>(Son)</small><br>
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|jobs = <small>'''[[1999]]—[[2006]]'''</small><br/>[[White House Communications Director]]
[[Molly Ziegler]]<br>
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|affiliation = [[Democratic Party]]
<small>(Daughter)</small><br>|gender = Male|hometown = New York, New York|romances = [[Andrea Wyatt]]<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 [[Josiah Bartlet|President of the United States Josiah Bartlet]]. He’s portrayed by [[Richard Schiff]].
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|hometown = Brighton Beach, NY
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|romances = [[Andy Wyatt]]<br/><small>(ex-wife)</small><br/>[[Tabatha Fortis]]<br/><small>(flirtation)</small><br/>
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|actor = [[Richard Schiff]]
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}}'''Toby Ziegler''' works for seven years as the [[White House Communications Director]] under [[President of the United States]] [[Josiah Bartlet]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Before the Bartlet Administration===
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Tobias “Toby” Ziegler was born and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in New York City. His father, Jules “Julie” Ziegler, was involved in organized crime since before Toby’s birth. He has a brother, David, who is a NASA astronaut. Toby grew to be a diehard fan of the New York Yankees, at one point claiming to have seen 441 games at Yankee Stadium, and often expresses disdain at their rivals in the American League East division.
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.
 
   
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== Character ==
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Toby is close friends with the other senior staff members and has a good working relationship with assistants [[Ginger]] and [[Bonnie]]. His prickly, dour personality is sometimes unsettling to strangers, but endearing to friends. Toby often throws a rubber ball at the window separating his office from Sam’s to get Sam to come quickly; he continues the tradition when Sam leaves and is succeeded by [[Will Bailey]] — who, trying to work out his frustration with the second inaugural address, accidentally shatters the window with a throw of his own.
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Toby has no trouble ‘speaking truth to power’ and frequently confronts the President and all team members on what he feels are examples of political cowardice or moral failure — the sole exception being [[Dolores Landingham|Mrs. Landingham]], whom Toby went out of his way not to fight or offend.
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== Career ==
 
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.
 
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===
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Toby is hired as White House Communications Director for President [[Josiah Bartlet]] — later learning he hadn’t been The President's first choice.<ref>[[The Crackpots and These Women]]</ref> His primary responsibility is to coordinate the administration’s “message” and ensure its proper delivery by administration officials and allies in Washington. He is also the President’s primary speechwriter, sharing responsibility for the highest-priority speeches with [[Sam Seaborn]], such as the State Of The Union, and serves as a senior domestic policy advisor.
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.
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Toby, along with the rest of the senior staff, is in Rosslyn, Virginia when white supremacists open fire on the crowdHe is unhurt but worried when he can't see [[Josh Lyman]]; he finds Josh slumped against a wall with a critical gunshot torso wound and yells for help.
   
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.
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Toby is the first senior staff member (after Chief of Staff [[Leo McGarry]]) to suspect Bartlet suffering from multiple sclerosis, figuring something is wrong when Vice-President [[John Hoynes]] holds an event in New Hampshire (a critical state in presidential primaries). As Bartlet reveals the disease and his concealment, Toby grows angry and confrontational, but cools down and offers support to his colleagues when it is their turn to learn the truth from the President.
   
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.
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Toby is heavily involved in the 2002 reelection campaign, which he makes about “smart or not, engaged or not”; he calls Bartlet “a heavyweight” and urged him to focus the campaign on it. Along with Josh Lyman and [[Donna Moss]], he is left behind by the Presidential motorcade during a campaign stop in Indiana; they spend 20 hours trying to make their way home, constantly running into obstacles along the way. Early in the day Toby loses a bet with Josh, forcing him to follow his introduction to strangers with ''“I work at the White House”''. That evening Toby strikes up a conversation with a bar patron who has taken his daughter to visit Notre Dame, but worries about how he’ll pay for her education. This inspires Toby and Josh to advocate a plan making college tuition tax-deductible for Americans under a certain income threshold.
   
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.
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During the final year of Bartlet’s second term, classified information on a military space shuttle is leaked to New York Times correspondent [[Greg Brock]]. As staffers are subpoenaed and intense scrutiny begins to fall on Chief of Staff, C.J., Toby confesses to her to be the source of the leak. He is fired and becomes the target of federal prosecution; because of this, he sits 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, is tested again by the shuttle scandal but, despite several tense exchanges, he unofficially advises Josh during the final weeks of the [[Santos/McGarry for a Brighter America|Santos Campaign]]. Toby is pardoned of his crime by President Bartlet in what turns out to be the latter’s final official act before leaving the White House.
   
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.
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===Post-Bartlet===
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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 seeming quite repaired.
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==
 
==Resume==
===Education===
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'''EDUCATION'''
 
 
*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.
 
*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===
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'''POLITICAL CAREER'''
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the [[New York City Council]]
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the [[New York City Council]]
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the [[Bronx]] [[Borough President]]
 
* Political Campaign Consultant for the [[Bronx]] [[Borough President]]
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* [[1997]]-[[1998]]&nbsp;: [[Communications Director]] for the “[[Bartlet for America]]” presidential campaign
 
* [[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
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== Relationships ==
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'''[[Andy Wyatt]]'''
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Early in Bartlet’s first term, Toby separates from, and later divorces, his wife Congresswoman [[Andy 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 conceive 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.
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'''[[Tabatha Fortis]]'''
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Toby at one point has, in [[C.J. Cregg]]’s words, a “touch of the poet” or crush on U.S. Poet Laureate [[Tabatha Fortis]].
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==Trivia==
 
==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]]''”).
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* In Clement Rollins’s list of subpoenas, his name is given as "Toby Zachary Ziegler".<ref>''[[Ways and Means]]''</ref> 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”.<ref name="holy"/>
   
==Behind the scenes==
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== Media ==
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:'''[https://decider.com/2017/05/02/10-best-toby-episodes-of-the-west-wing/ “The Wrath From On High Atop The Thing”: The 10 Best Toby Ziegler Episodes of ‘The West Wing’]''' (May 2017)
   
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==Notes and references==
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{{References}}
   
   
==See also==
 
==References==
 
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Latest revision as of 20:14, January 24, 2020

Toby Ziegler works for seven years as the White House Communications Director under President of the United States Josiah Bartlet.

BiographyEdit

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

Character Edit

Toby is close friends with the other senior staff members and has a good working relationship with assistants Ginger and Bonnie. His prickly, dour personality is sometimes unsettling to strangers, but endearing to friends. Toby often throws a rubber ball at the window separating his office from Sam’s to get Sam to come quickly; he continues the tradition when Sam leaves and is succeeded by Will Bailey — who, trying to work out his frustration with the second inaugural address, accidentally shatters the window with a throw of his own.

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

Career Edit

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 AdministrationEdit

Toby is hired as White House Communications Director for President Josiah Bartlet — later learning he hadn’t been The President's first choice.[3] His primary responsibility is to coordinate the administration’s “message” and ensure its proper delivery by administration officials and allies in Washington. He is also the President’s primary speechwriter, sharing responsibility for the highest-priority speeches with Sam Seaborn, such as the State Of The Union, and serves as a senior domestic policy advisor.

Toby, along with the rest of the senior staff, is in Rosslyn, Virginia when white supremacists open fire on the crowd. He is unhurt but worried when he can't see Josh Lyman; he finds Josh slumped against a wall with a critical gunshot torso wound and yells for help.

Toby is the first senior staff member (after Chief of Staff Leo McGarry) to suspect Bartlet suffering from multiple sclerosis, figuring something is wrong when Vice-President John Hoynes holds an event in New Hampshire (a critical state in presidential primaries). As Bartlet reveals the disease and his concealment, Toby grows angry and confrontational, but cools down and offers support to his colleagues when it is their turn to learn the truth from the President.

Toby is heavily involved in the 2002 reelection campaign, which he makes about “smart or not, engaged or not”; he calls Bartlet “a heavyweight” and urged him to focus the campaign on it. Along with Josh Lyman and Donna Moss, he is left behind by the Presidential motorcade during a campaign stop in Indiana; they spend 20 hours trying to make their way home, constantly running into obstacles along the way. Early in the day Toby loses a bet with Josh, forcing him to follow his introduction to strangers with “I work at the White House”. That evening Toby strikes up a conversation with a bar patron who has taken his daughter to visit Notre Dame, but worries about how he’ll pay for her education. This inspires Toby and Josh to advocate a plan making college tuition tax-deductible for Americans under a certain income threshold.

During the final year of Bartlet’s second term, classified information on a military space shuttle is leaked to New York Times correspondent Greg Brock. As staffers are subpoenaed and intense scrutiny begins to fall on Chief of Staff, C.J., Toby confesses to her to be the source of the leak. He is fired and becomes the target of federal prosecution; because of this, he sits 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, is tested again by the shuttle scandal but, despite several tense exchanges, he unofficially advises Josh during the final weeks of the Santos Campaign. Toby is pardoned of his crime by President Bartlet in what turns out to be the latter’s final official act before leaving the White House.

Post-BartletEdit

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 seeming quite repaired.

ResumeEdit

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[4], although his alma mater is unknown.

POLITICAL CAREER

Relationships Edit

Andy Wyatt

Early in Bartlet’s first term, Toby separates from, and later divorces, his wife Congresswoman Andy 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 conceive fraternal twins, named Huckleberry (“Huck”) after Andie’s grandfather, and Molly after a Secret Service agent gunned down during Zoey Bartlet’s abduction.

Tabatha Fortis

Toby at one point has, in C.J. Cregg’s words, a “touch of the poet” or crush on U.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis.

TriviaEdit

  • In Clement Rollins’s list of subpoenas, his name is given as "Toby Zachary Ziegler".[5] 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”.[1]

Media Edit

“The Wrath From On High Atop The Thing”: The 10 Best Toby Ziegler Episodes of ‘The West Wing’ (May 2017)

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Holy Night
  2. Enemies Foreign and Domestic — Despite Toby's birthday being the subject of the Season 4 Christmas episode, he mentions here that he is 44 years old, which would make his birth year 1957
  3. The Crackpots and These Women
  4. 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.
  5. Ways and Means



PREDECESSOR
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White House Communications Director
19992006
SUCCESSOR
Will Bailey
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