Bill Ericsson is the former White House Director of Communications and a recurring character on Veep. Many describe him as effective and one of the best campaign managers out there.
He is portrayed by Diedrich Bader.
Politico has described Bill Ericsson as “generally considered the sharpest political strategist on the scene today.” Known to both friends and opponents as “the Terminator” and “Bill the Knife,” Ericsson has repeatedly made national news by winning races that had been written off by as hopeless by others. He served in senior roles on the campaigns of Brian Briggs, Joe Thornhill, and Judy Sherman and as a Senior Aide to President Selina Meyer. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida, Ericsson is a regional fundraising chair for Second Chance, a national organization that creates post-incarceration career opportunities for convicted felons.
Season 3 Edit
In Some New Beginnings, Ben mentions Selina as a possible contender for campaign manager, saying he got "Briggs elected twice". First seen in Fishing, Bill's outline for Selina's campaign is to get rid of everyone on her staff, shortly before revealing he has accepted a job working for Joe Thornhill, a primary opponent of Selina, saying he thinks he can win.
Season 4 Edit
In Joint Session, Bill reveals that Thornhill is thinking of dropping out of the race, scaring Amy, thinking he could take her job. In East Wing, Selina announces that she will be bringing Bill into the administration. After the multiple data breaches, Bill is blamed in Testimony, and will be facing prison time. He pleads with Selina on Election Night to pardon him, which she refuses to do.
Season 5 Edit
The Morning After the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, everyone is shocked to see Bill back at work. Ben reveals that Selina will pardon him if he lays low. The next day, Bill is arrested following a Snafu at a race symposium. He returns in C**Tgate, revealing his lawyers got the case dropped and, fueled by revenge, is funding Judy Sherman's campaign, who is running against Jonah Ryan in the New Hampshire Congressional Race. Sherman eventually loses.
Season 7 Edit
In the season premiere Iowa, Bill is aiding Jonah Ryan in his presidential bid, and is struggling to help Jonah court voters throughout Iowa. Bill continues to try to help Jonah fix his image as a political candidate, but gives up as in South Carolina he leaves the campaign after Jonah's antics continue. In the series Finale Veep, it is revealed that Bill married Amy and lived a fulfilling life without having any children.