|Affiliation:||Charles Logan administration|
John Keeler administration
|Profession:||Speaker of the House|
|Played by:||Denis Arndt|
|Episode:||"Day 4: 4:00am-5:00am"|
As Speaker of the House, Ashton was next in line to the presidency once President John Keeler was incapacitated and Vice President Charles Logan sworn in. When Logan informed the Cabinet and congressional leadership of the impending attack, Ashton questioned his decision to not inform the public.
Ashton also expressed his concern with Logan's reliance on former president David Palmer for advice. Mike Novick believed Ashton was trying to find an opportunity to step in and steal the presidency out from under Logan. To prove to Ashton that Logan was really in charge, Logan and Palmer staged a conflict so that Logan could appear to take command (and Ashton's side) over Palmer.
- Don Ashton: "The people elected John Keeler to run this country. In his absence, Logan is expected to take over. But if he's not up to the task Mike, it is I, Speaker of the House and not David Palmer who steps up." ("Day 4: 4:00am-5:00am")
- David Palmer: Don's very ambitious. Now that he's next in line to the presidency, he'll look to exploit any angle that he can."
- Charles Logan: "He won't put his ambition in front of national security."
- David Palmer: "He won't see it in those terms, sir. In his eyes, national security and his personal ambition are one and the same."