Posted 15 February 2017 – U.S. Presidential Line of Succession

Excerpted from Wikipedia, 15 February 2017…


Current order

The current presidential order of succession is:

Key Eligible Democrat (D)
Eligible Republican (R)
Eligible Independent (I)
Eligible Unknown
Not eligible
No. Office Current officer
1 Vice President Mike Pence (R)
2 Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R)
4 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R)
5 Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R)
6 Secretary of Defense James Mattis (I)
7 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R)
Secretary of the Interior Kevin Haugrud
8 Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse (D)[a]
Secretary of Commerce Kenneth E. Hyatt
9 Secretary of Labor Ed Hugler (I)[a]
10 Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (R)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Craig Clemmensen
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (R)[b]
Secretary of Energy Grace Bochenek
11 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (R)
12 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I)
13 Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly (I)
  1. ^ Jump up to:a b This listing assumes that only acting officers whose prior appointment required
    Senate confirmation
    are eligible for the line of succession. See Acting officers below.
  2. Jump up^ Not a natural-born citizen (acquired U.S. citizenship by naturalization)
    and thus ineligible for the Presidency.

Cabinet officers are in line according to the chronological order of their department’s creation, or the department of which their department is the successor (the Department of Defense being successor to the Department of War and the Department of Health and Human Services being successor to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare).

The United States presidential line of succession is the set order of United States federal government officials who may become or act as President of the United States if the incumbent president becomes incapacitated, dies, resigns, or is removed from office (by impeachment and subsequent conviction).

The line of succession is delineated by the United States Constitution and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 as subsequently amended to include newly created cabinet offices. The succession follows the order of Vice President, Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the Senate, and the cabinet, which currently has fifteen members, beginning with the Secretary of State.

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