Alvin Keith Quinn was born and raised in Plainville, Kansas (population 770) smack dab in the middle of, as Keith puts it, “the left ventricle of the American Heartland.” The son of one of Kansas’ first female dentists and first male dental hygienists, Quinn likes to say that he owes his “corny” sense of humor to all of the corn that he grew up with. Others have pointed out that the predominant agricultural product in the area around Plainville is sorghum, a type of grass primarily use as animal fodder. But Quinn prides himself on his “happy go lucky,” “live and let live” attitude so he doesn’t care about petty nit-picking of this sort. Quinn credits his passion for politics to a dream he once had about former senator and fellow Kansan Bob Dole. A graduate of the University of Kansas where he majored in pharmacy science, Quinn is a Lt. Commander in the Coast Guard Reserve. (From Selina Meyer campaign website)
It is eventually revealed that Quinn is working on behalf of the government of the People's Republic of China, helping funnel Chinese funds into the Meyer campaign and helping with other dirty tricks. When this is made known, Quinn's happy-go-lucky facade falls away, and he is revealed to be quite ruthless in what he is willing to do, down to apparently arranging for the murder of Andrew Meyer.