Cyrus Beene
Portrayed by Jeff Perry
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White House Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Cyrus Rutherford Beene
Status: Alive
Residence: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Cy
  • Laser Beene
Past Occupations:
  • 51st Vice-President of the United States
  • Vice President-elect of the United States
  • Francisco Vargas' Campaign Manager
  • White House Chief of Staff
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: White
Eye color: Blue
Past Relationships:
  • Helen Beene † (mother)
  • Ella Beene (daughter)
  • Oliver Beene † (brother)
Character Information
First appearance: "Sweet Baby"
Final appearance: "Over A Cliff"
Appearance Count: 117

I stole the White House! I wasn't made to be Chief of Staff! Do you know what I was be? I was made to be the President of the United States.

— Cyrus to James, Nobody Likes Babies

Cyrus Beene is an American politician who served as the 51st Vice President of The United States of America under President Mellie Grant. Before that, he was the Chief of Staff of former President Fitz Grant until he was replaced with Abby Whelan. He was married to James Novak until his death and to Michael Ambruso, who has the custody of Ella Beene.


Cyrus Beene was a political animal from day one. He lives, breathes, and sleeps D.C. politics. A true believer in the promise of America and the political process, nothing is off limits to this patriot in protecting the White House.[1]


Cyrus first met Mellie & Fitz, along with Jerry Grant approximately 18 years before Fitz was elected president. (Everything's Coming Up Mellie)

Cyrus was offered the chance to run Harvard University but turned it down to work with Fitz. He is the first gay Chief of Staff. He started the series being married to James Novak, together they have a daughter, Ella. Cyrus gave James a child to get him to stop looking into Defiance. (One For the Dog)

Cyrus eventually admits the truth about election rigging to James, putting their relationship on the rocks to the point where Cyrus was kicked out of their house and living in a hotel for almost a month. (Molly, You in Danger, Girl)

After months and months of dealing with many political issues for Fitz as well as martial problems with James Cyrus has a health scare. Rowan Pope pays Cyrus visit outside The White House; Cyrus gets a phone call from Olivia that puts him into a panic; which results in him having a heart attack. (White Hat's Back On)


Although Cyrus has a daughter, he hates kids. Cyrus will do whatever he has to do to get what he wants or to stop anything from happening that he doesn't want to happen. He is a hungry political monster who will sabotage his friends to gain power.



Janet Beene

James Novak

Main article: Cyrus and James

Michael Ambruso

Main article: Cyrus and Michael

Tom Larsen

It is unclear when he and Cyrus begin their affair but they are not in love. Cyrus uses Tom to do his bidding by manipulating him with promises of them being together. 

Word of St Thomas (Jeff Perry): Cyrus does love Tom, even after events of Season Six, Episode 4 (The Belt) (said in interview).  Tom is canonically in love with Cyrus.

Cyrus does not get Tom to do his bidding by promising that they will be together. Tom initially does what Cyrus asks because he works for him, then because he loves him.

Fenton Glackland


Helen Beene

Helen was Cyrus' mother. She sent him packages each week with a book, and a little note spoiling the book. He loved them, and she meant so much to him. Sometimes it was the only thing he smile about in a week.


Fitz Grant

Main article: Cyrus and Fitz

Olivia Pope

Main article: Cyrus and Olivia

Abby Whelan

Following his murdering of her boyfriend, Attorney General of the United States David Rosen, it is unlikely that they are on good terms or ever will be.


Francisco Vargas

Mellie Grant


  • He is the first openly-gay White House Chief of Staff and later the first openly-gay Vice President.
  • He is the third Vice President to resign from office, after John C. Calhoun and scandal-ridden Spiro Agnew.


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