Splett's presidency will end on January 20, 2049. Splett was born in Lurlene, Iowa, and started his political career by working as a campaign aide to President Selina Meyer, and was placed in charge of heading the Nevada recount in the contested 2016 presidential election. , In 2015, Comedy Central ordered a pilot for the series Detroiters, created by Richardson and Tim Robinson. Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. Iowa Governor George Ballentine appointed Splett to be the new Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. 792, This story has been shared 730 times. However, it was later revealed that Ballentine had contracted shingles and gone blind after the visit, due to both Ryan and his biological father Lloyd Hennick having chicken pox at the time of the meeting. When asked if any of the current candidates in the 2020 presidential race seem akin to Richard, the actor sighed. In that first episode Richard is perfectly nice, but a bit more brazen. Upon paying his respects to the deceased, Splett seemed wistful of his memories of Meyer. Splett would accompany Ryan around the West Wing, usually assisting Ryan in performing tasks for Vice President Andrew Doyle and his Chief of Staff Teddy Sykes. In a twist, Richardson also literally becomes part of her family, formally donating his sperm to Selina’s daughter, Catherine, and her partner, Marjorie, in season six, episode five. It is hinted that his Aunt was actually his mother, with his grandmother pretending to be his mother for his entire life. — Why Chernobyl’s unique form of dread was so addicting , Following a move to Los Angeles, he received parts on television appearing on six episodes, including the series finale of The Office and a season 4 episode of Arrested Development. Splett has earned doctorates in both constitutional law and veterinary medicine, yet he’s virtually impossible to insult due to his inability to track sarcasm. His favorite drinks include White Russians and Eggnog Lattes. Biscuit fell into a coma and died in May 2019. Selina does as well, especially when his electoral-procedures doctorate comes in handy in season five. Chief of Staff to Selina Meyer (2017–2019), United States Secretary of Agriculture (2021–2025). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. “He was supposed to be a bumbling idiot,” Richardson said. He’s a fan of everyone he’s around.”. Despite forming a friendship with Ryan, Splett quit as Ryan's Chief of Staff sometime in 2017 and joined former President Selina Meyer's entourage. The right thing doesn’t always happen to the right person in the cutthroat world of Veep—but Richard Splett still got justice in the end. As Emmy nominations approach, Vanity Fair’s HWD team is diving deep into how some of this season’s greatest scenes and characters came together. — Ellen Pompeo on the “toxic” conditions on the set of Grey’s Anatomy The child was born in January 2019, and Selina named the baby Little Richard without Catherine or Marjorie's permission. The recently wrapped series is full of these sorts of improbable Richard revelations, slipped in every once in a while when he reminisces about his deeply religious upbringing in Iowa.  Richardson graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in 2002 and studied theater at Wayne State University. After the recount failed, he returned briefly to the White House, only to be sent to New Hampshire to act as Ryan's communications director during Ryan's impromptu congressional campaign. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. All rights reserved. https://veep.fandom.com/wiki/Richard_Splett?oldid=18929.  At Second City, Richardson was known for his range of characters, from sight gags to impressions of public figures. Nicole Kidman, photographed in Franklin, Tennessee. We are sad to see you go. He’s a hardworking double doctorate, a human beam of optimism—however misguided—in a vicious political environment. “Amy is annoyed by him. Afterwards, he briefly served as the director of communications for congressman Jonah Ryan, and worked as the Chief of Staff to Meyer once she left office.  Comedy Central then ordered ten episodes of the series, which began shooting in the Detroit area in 2016. Richard’s reaction shots, his often-ignored one-liners, and the way Selina and company constantly mistake the character’s authenticity for sarcasm consistently help to elevate a good scene to a great scene and a great scene to a spectacular scene. Splett was the antithesis to every power-hungry high roller on Veep, a kindly nerd who was underestimated at every turn—even after continuously surprising everyone in the room with his encyclopedic knowledge of everything from electoral procedures to veterinary care. In March 2020, Splett was asked to serve as lieutenant governor of Iowa after exposing a chain of connections between corrupt politicians and lobbyists. At the National Convention in July, Splett delivered the keynote address at the convention. Former Meyer aide Dan Egan joined Splett's inner circle as his new Chief of Staff. Due to his religious upbringing, he does not know how to masturbate, referring to it as "self-husbandry", doing so the first time when Catherine Meyer and Marjorie Palmiotti ask him to be their donor in April 2018. In February 2016, Dan Egan pawned Splett off on White House liaison Jonah Ryan, who gladly accepted an assistant. “It’s an honor and certainly the highest compliment as an actor,” Richardson said. Selina: You know can I just say something? Richardson played the role of Richard Splett on the HBO comedy Veep, first appearing in four episodes during season 3 as the handler for Selina Meyer during her Iowa book tour. Splett ran for re-election in the 2044 presidential election and won in a landslide victory. Prior to this, he served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2021 to 2025, the Governor of Iowa from 2020 to 2021, the mayor of Lurlene, Iowa, and the Chief of Staff to former President Selina Meyer. In Morning After, it is revealed that he holds two Doctorates, the first in Constitutional Law and the second, his back-up, in Veterinary Medicine. Splett was placed in a small backroom office and is informed he would be given pointless busywork in order to keep him out of the public eye. 120,456, This story has been shared 3,504 times. Brilliant. 11 Movies on Netflix To Take Your Mind Off The Election, 7 Movies Like 'After We Collided' to Watch If You Can’t Get Enough Hessa. All About Lottie's Japanese Week Cake, 'Fargo' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: I'm a Fool to Do Your Dirty Work, 'Fargo' Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: Life During Wartime, 'Fargo' May Have Just Confirmed That Mike Milligan Fan Theory, 'Seduced's Third Episode Is a Deep Dive into Keith Raniere's Most Deplorable Crimes, Keith Raniere, NXIVM Leader and 'The Vow' Subject, Gets 120 Years in Prison, 'Seduced' Episode 2: 11 More Revelations About NXIVM You Didn't Know, 'Southern Charm': All About Patricia Altschul's Chinoiserie Straws (Including Where To Buy Them), What are SNS Nails? The two close friends grew up in the city, and intend to bring a lighter, daffier tone to the ruin porn that usually afflicts TV depictions of their hometown these days. 624, This story has been shared 537 times. Jonah Ryan, who becomes Richard’s boss in season four, comes to like him, oblivious to his weirder personality traits. 730, This story has been shared 624 times. Sam Richardson is an actor, raised in Detroit, based in Los Angeles, 35 years old. “The hard thing about Richard is, if you make his backstory too much, it gets undone,” Richardson said. Splett is cheerful and often the butt of jokes. Richard John Splett, Ph.D., VMD, (born 1984) is the current president of the United States. Splett's first impressions of Ryan were that he was the "coolest guy ever". We visit the record shop, we go to the gym, we have some fun at his expense.  Early in his career, Richardson performed at the Second City sketch theatre group in Detroit and then in Chicago. It was revealed during a press conference immediately after his ascension that as governor he would act as a superdelegate at the upcoming 2020 National Convention. In Veep’s season three premiere, Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is off on a book tour while the rest of her core team is away celebrating Mike’s wedding. It was the kind of surprise result that would make Selina Meyer roll over in her grave (or, rather, her vagina-shaped library crypt). Splett inadvertently revealed more information about the data leaks. Shortly after his re-election, Splett attended the funeral of former President Selina Meyer in 2045. He is a self confessed anxious man, listening to self motivation books on his iPod. Richard makes many allusions to his blog, splettnet.net. There's the same anxious tendency to conjure disaster out of nothing: "You have seven missed messages," Splett informs his boss in front of all their coworkers. Assuming none of his predecessors served less than one term, he would be either be the 50th or 51st president. 3,504, This story has been shared 2,986 times. During his short time at the Ryan residence, Ballentine became incensed at Ryan's immature attitude and leaves. Splett attended Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones secret society, (mentioned in Library) and the Illinois Institute of Technology.