Josh Lyman
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Josh Lyman (Character)
from "The West Wing" (1999)

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Joshua Lyman is the longtime White House Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of President Josiah "Jed"Bartlet. He was born in Connecticut, the son of a high-powered attorney in a New York law firm. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he left another promising campaign to join the Bartlet team after hearing the future president speak, noting the man's honesty, candor and integrity. He is generally credited with helping to craft Bartlet into a candidate that the public, and other politicians, came to take very seriously.

Josh is extremely intelligent, witty and self assured -- almost to the point of cockiness -- but also boyish and charming. Though legitimately idealistic like many his colleagues, he earns his reputation as aggressive through tactics that some might view as less-than savory, including intimidation, theats and even blackmail (so, basically, politics). But it's all in service to an administration, president and policies in which he strongly believes.

His family history is marked by struggle and some tragedy. Josh's grandfather was held in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. His older sister, Joanie, died in a house fire trying to get a very young Josh to safety, a chilling childhood event that still haunts him.