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  • The Vice President and the Order of Succession
    Chapter 8, Section 1
  • Role of the Vice President
    2 Constitutional Duties:
    Preside over Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote
    Assume the duties of the president
    Death, resignation, impeachment
  • Vice President
    Throughout most of US history, VP’s have done relatively little
    Recently, VP’s have become more involved and powerful (Cheney)
  • “Balancing the Ticket”
    VP’s are often chosen based on their ability to appeal to a different segment of the population
    Geographically
    Politically
    Still the same party, but slightly different ideas
    Personality –
    Make the president look smart?
    Personalcharacteristics –
    Gender, racial, even religious
    VPs also may be chosen to fill a perceived weakness with presidential candidate.
  • “Balancing the Ticket”
    Can you figure out how these VP candidates “balanced” their “tickets”?
    Geographically?
    Politically?
    Personality?
    Personal Characteristics?
  • A Heartbeat Away…
    So the VP is next in line, and one of his major functions is just to be ready in case the President can’t be President.
    But what happens if both the President and the VP are unable to serve at the same time?
    We have a plan for who would take over if that should happen…
    It’s called, the “Order of Succession”…
  • The Order of Succession to the Presidency
    What does “Order of Succession” mean?
    Definition: the order in which officials fill the office of the president in case of a vacancy
    How was the order determined?
    Article II of the Constitution
    Acts of Congress
    The 25th amendment.
    Constitution- Article II, Section 1
    Establishes that the VP assumes duties of the President
    **Leaves many questions unanswered-how long, new VP?
  • Presidential Succession Act (1947)
    Established the current “order of succession” –list of positions (in order) of who would take over the presidency
    Vice President
    Speaker of the House
    President pro tempore of the Senate
    Secretary of State
    Secretary of the Treasury
    Secretary of Defense
    Attorney General
    - 11 other Cabinet departments follow, last is dept. of homeland security
  • Line of Presidential Succession
    Vice President – Joe Biden
    Speaker of the House- Nancy Pelosi
    President pro tempore of the Senate - Robert Byrd
    Secretary of State-Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of the Treasury- Timothy Geithner
    Secretary of Defense- Robert Gates
    Attorney General- Eric Holder


  • 25th Amendment (1967)
    Specified rules for what happens when the president or VP position is vacant.
    VP becomes President, names a new VP
    Congress approves new VP with majority
    • Presidential disability
    • Prez (or VP and majority of Cabinet) inform Congress that Prez is disabled, VP becomes President
  • Pop Quiz:
    What are the original 3 “formal” Constitutional requirements for the President?
    List 4 common characteristics of past presidents.
    What government position have many president’s held just prior to becoming president? (answers may vary)
    Give an example of one duty performed by the President.
    What are the only 2 constitutional duties of the Vice President?
    After the VP, list the next 3 positions in the OoS.
    Describe what happens if the VP position becomes vacant.
    **Bonus Question:…