United States presidential line of succession
President of the United States
The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces....
upon the incapacity, death
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, or removal from office (by impeachment
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and subsequent conviction
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) of a sitting president or a president-elect
President-elect of the United States
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This is a list of the current presidential line of succession
Order of succession
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, as specified by the United States Constitution and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947
Presidential Succession Act
The Presidential Succession Act establishes the line of succession to the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States in the event that neither a President nor Vice President is able to "discharge the powers and duties of the office." The current Presidential Succession Act...
as subsequently amended to include newly created cabinet offices.
Eric Ken Shinseki is a retired United States Army four-star general who is currently serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. His final U.S. Army post was as the 34th Chief of Staff of the Army...
, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is not known to have declared a party affiliation.
No person is eligible to be President, unless that person is a natural-born citizen
Natural born citizen of the United States
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, is at least thirty-five years old, and has been a resident within the United States for at least fourteen years.