Jim Matthews is the 48th governor of Pennsylvania and the current governor. He served as the 48th vice president of the United States and the 46th governor of Pennsylvania before leaving to run for governor, replacing the late Peter Russo as the Democratic nominee.
Matthews was the first elected governor of Pennsylvania in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
After a year as governor, he was speculated as a possible vice presidential nominee. Garrett Walker, the Democratic nominee for the US presidency, finally chose Matthews as his running mate in the 2012 election, hoping he would run Pennsylvania, and he did.
During his tenure as vice president, Matthews felt politically undervalued and pushed aside by the president. His views were not shared by Walker, who discussed the issue with gubernatorial candidate Peter Russo during a bus trip to Pennsylvania. Walker and Matthews proved to be an ineffective team, and their already troubled relationship was further damaged after Frank Underwood told the pair that the other had spoken negatively about each other. This troubled relationship made it easy for Matthews to step down as vice president and run again for his old job as Pennsylvania governor after Peter Russo’s death.
The special election to fill Matthews’ first term as governor was held on November 5, 2013. Matthews himself eventually filled the remainder of his term. He defeated former Pittsburgh mayor and Republican candidate Jack Swford. He then resigned as vice president and served a second term as governor.
He later won a third term as governor in the 2014 election. In 2015, Matthews criticized President Underwood for using an executive order to fund U.S. projects from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund, just as Hurricane Faith was crashing toward the East Coast. He declared that the president had “undermined the separation of powers and put the fate of the entire East Coast in the hands of hurricane faith.” He publicly urged Underwood to sign a bill that would fill the DRF.