Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It is possible that our readers have wondered what the line of succession is for the office of presidency of the United States, were something to happen that would prevent the president from completing his term of office. The current presidential line of succession, as specified by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 U.S.C. § 19). As of October 2008 Order Office Current Officer 1 Vice President and President of the Senate, Dick Cheney 2 Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi 3 President pro tempore of the Senate, Robert Byrd 4 Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice 5 Secretary of the Treasury, Hery Paulson 6 Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates 7 Attorney General. Michael Mukasey 8 Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne 9 Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez (non-natural)* Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao (non-natural)* 10 Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt 11 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Steve Preston 12 Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters 13 Secretary of Energy, Samuel Bodman 14 Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings 15 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, James Peake 16 Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff
* Carlos Gutierrez and Elaine Chao are not natural-born citizens, a requirement for office of the president of the United States.