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Michael Steintorf is the chief of staff for Governor of Maryland Thomas Carcetti.


Season 4

Michael Steintorf became chief of staff to Mayor Carcetti soon after he assumed office. ("That's Got His Own")

Steintorf counseled Carcetti to reject the Maryland Governor's plan to force them to expend the political capital they needed for Carcetti to later run for governor in exchange for the capital they need to rectify the deficit in the education budget. ("Final Grades")

Season 5

Steintorf continues to push Carcetti towards his run for Governor and their decision to decline the Governor's funding leaves the city with a difficult budget crisis. ("More with Less")

Steintorf is concerned that Carcetti needs to pick a suitable successor so that people feel comfortable with him leaving Baltimore for the Governor's chair. Steintorf thinks that Nerese Campbell's links to corruption make her unsuitable and suggests that State's Attorney Rupert Bond might be a preferable alternative. Carcetti and Steintorf's focus on running for Governor brings criticism from Norman Wilson and State Delegate Odell Watkins but Steintorf believes Carcetti's ambitions are typical of the world as a whole. ("Unconfirmed Reports")

Steintorf is pleased when Carcetti is able to fire Commissioner Ervin Burrell and supports the plan to replace him with Cedric Daniels in time. Carcetti and Steintorf reject State Senator Clay Davis' offer to smooth over the transitions in the police department in exchange for assistance in his corruption case. ("Not for Attribution")

Steintorf is petulant when Campbell and the politically influential ministers use the situation in the police department to negotiate for political favors but Carcetti grants their demands. ("Transitions")

Following the breaking of the homeless serial killer story Steintorf is instrumental in developing homelessness into a key issue for Carcetti's gubernatorial campaign. ("The Dickensian Aspect")

Steintorf is also involved in dealing with the budget ramifications of shifting resources back to the police department. ("Took") ("Clarifications")

Steintorf is responsible for pressuring the police department to provide a drop in crime to protect Carcetti from criticism and refuses to honor Carcetti's earlier promises to reform the police department. ("Late Editions")

Once the serial killer is revealed to be fake Steintorf negotiates with William Rawls, Daniels, Bond, and Rhonda Pearlman to ensure that a thorough cover-up is put into effect. Rawls and Pearlman are rewarded for their co-operation with new posts. After the crisis is dealt with Steintorf renews pressure on Daniels to produce a drop in crime and order him to falsify statistics. When Daniels refuses Steintorf approaches Campbell and convinces her that Daniels will remain problematic when she replaces Carcetti as Mayor. Campbell intervenes and forces Daniels to step down and Steintorf receives his required statistics from his replacement, Stanislaus Valchek. At the close of the series Steintorf's machinations ensure that Carcetti becomes Governor. ("-30-")



Season 4
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"


  • Steintorf is played by Neal Huff.[1] Huff appeared as a guest star at the end of the fourth season and then joined the starring cast in the fifth season.[2][3][4]


  1. Cast & Crew - Neal Huff as Michael Steintorf. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-15.
  2. About the Show. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-12.
  3. HBO Re-Hangs 'Wire' in January. Zap 2 It (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  4. Kelly Jane Torrance (2007). Tuning In. The Washington Times. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.