This list will be updated weekly as new characters are introduced in the story. It’s provided as a quick reference for those who may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters.
The characters are listed alphabetically by last name and divided between major and minor characters. Minor characters who are never named and only make brief appearances in the story like cab drivers are not listed. If a character’s last name is not provided, he or she is listed alphabetically by first name only
Aldrich, Gene – A sophomore transfer student at the Sugar Hill Academy, the all-male prep school Eric Ford attended in Massachusetts growing up. Gay, he displaces Hudson Campbell as the best player on the school’s basketball team.
Cahill, Bill – A U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Carroll, Olivia – A prominent Washington hostess and a would be arbiter of social life in Washington. She and her husband, Judge Vaughn Carroll, share a mutually convenient but loveless marriage and sleep in separate bedrooms.
Carroll, Vaughn – Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, one of the Federal Appeals Courts that sit directly below the Supreme Court. Considered by many the favorite to succeed Chief Justice Saviano.
Coles, Tommy – Dead as the story begins, he was a friend of Richie Remillard but overdosed on heroin.
Daniels, Luke – A young assistant to White House Chief of Staff Wayne Taylor. He is sometimes given responsibility for managing the White House at night.
Dunn, Kimberly – The Director of Policy Services at the Constitutional Studies Institute, a right-wing think tank based in Washington. She is a conservative activist.
Durning, Jack – A Democratic Senator from Michigan and the Senate’s Majority Leader. His party only controls the Senate by the slimmest of margins, 51 to 49.
Ford, Eric – Legislative Assistant to Senator Paul Jennings of Massachusetts. He’s 24 years old and the staffer responsible for the Senator’s work on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gay but unattached, he lives alone on Capitol Hill. He has a kitten named Milo.
Gilmore, Lloyd – The ranking (most senior) GOP member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Jennings, Paul – A U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and junior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A former Massachusetts Attorney General, he’s a first-term Democrat up for reelection the following year.
Keenan, A.J. – The Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. He is widely considered the dean of American legal reporting.
Long, Harrison – The President of the United States of America. He’s a Democrat.
McBride, Morgan – The Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate. He’s a Republican from Kentucky.
Quinn, Haley – A U.S. Senator from Arizona. He’s a Republican.
Remillard, Richard (Richie) – An 18 year old recent high school graduate living in Baltimore as the story opens. Born and raised in southwest Virginia originally, he’s gay and works as a busboy in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Saiers, Andy – The fourteen year old gay son of Chief Judge Franklin Saiers.
Saiers, Franklin – Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco and a possible successor to Chief Justice Anthony Saviano.
Saviano, Anthony – Dead as the story opens, he was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He leaves a wife and four sons, none of whom play a major role in the story.
Saviano, John – A Catholic priest and the youngest son of Anthony Saviano. He plays a small role early in the story and has three older brothers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Taylor, Wayne – President Harrison Long’s White House Chief of Staff.
Aaron – An older gay man with whom Richie Remillard lives in Baltimore. He and Darrell were boyfriends when they were younger.
Alverez, Yesica – An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by President Harrison Long.
Anna – Judge Vaughn Carroll’s secretary.
Blair, Professor Lawrence – A constitutional law expert at the University of California at Berkeley and lead witness at the hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court reform. Blair supports term limits for Supreme Court Justices.
Bridges, Amy – Receptionist in the Washington office of Senator Paul Jennings.
Byrnes, Ben – The editorial page editor of the Washington Post.
Campbell, Hudson – A student at the Sugar Hill Academy, the all-male prep school Eric Ford attended in Massachusetts growing up; star of the school’s basketball team, at least until Gene Aldrich transfers into the school.
Cassidy, Mark – A gay friend of Eric Ford. He introduced Eric to gay life in Washington and is one of the city’s most notorious gay rakes.
Darrell – An older gay man who encouraged Richie Remillard to move to Baltimore after his high school graduation and helped secure him a place to live. He and Aaron were boyfriends when they were younger.
DeFazio, Vincent – The Democratic mayor of Boston and a political rival of Senator Paul Jennings.
Drury, Chris – The Washington representative of Students United for Peace and Justice as the story begins. He is a progressive activist.
Fisher, Fred – The publisher of the Washington Post.
Florini, Mr. – The owner of the restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood where Richie Remillard works as a busboy.
Hastings, Warren – A GOP Senator from Kansas and head of the Senate Republican Conference; one of Senator Morgan McBride’s GOP leadership team.
Ian – An older student who befriended Andy Saiers after he came out.
Jackson, Justice – An Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jeremy – A gay waiter at the diner where Eric treats Richie to a late breakfast after the two complete AIDS Walk Washington.
Liu, Emily – An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by President Harrison Long.
Maria – Judge Franklin Saiers’ secretary.
Marshall, Kirk – A U.S. Senator from Illinois, He is a Republican.
Melanie – The deputy Eric Ford trained to manage the AIDS Walk booth night.
McCoy, Noah – Legislative Assistant to Senator Haley Quinn (R-Arizona) and the staff aide responsible for the Senator’s work on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Works with Eric Ford to develop legislation to reform the Supreme Court. He’s also a fan of motorcycles.
Miller, Gerry – Press Secretary in the Washington office of Senator Paul Jennings.
Miller, Orrin – As the Senate Republican Whip, he is the number two Republican in Senator Morgan McBride’s GOP leadership team.
Mills, Justice – A member of the Supreme Court.
Nelson, Justice – A member of the Supreme Court.
Peasley, Marianne – A U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. She is a Republican and reputedly interested in becoming Minority Leader.
Pepper brothers – Two wealthy brothers willing to fund the PAC, headed by Kimberly Dunn, set up to run attacks ads against Judge Vaughn Carroll.
Ray – Another busboy at the restaurant where Richie Remillard works. Richie is forced to work a double shift when Ray quits his job.
Samuels, Justice – A member of the Supreme Court.
Sawyer, Amos – The White House Press Secretary.
Thompson, Justice – An Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Warren, Sam – A U.S. Senator from Colorado. He is a Republican.
Wells, Donald – The Roman Catholic Cardinal who leads the Archdiocese of Washington. He is the Reverend John Saviano’s boss.
Whitcomb, Justice – An Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Prime Minister of Israel – Unnamed in the story. He and President Harrison Long are not on the best of terms.