LINE OF SUCCESSION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.

              U.S. Presidential line of succession 

 

The line of successions was last updated in 2021. Below is the current line of succession to the President of the United States: 

 

No.

Office

Incumbent

Party

1

Vice President

Kamala Harris

Democratic

2

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic

3

President pro tempore of the Senate

Patrick Leahy

Democratic

4

Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

Democratic

5

Secretary of the Treasury

Janet Yellen

Democratic

6

Secretary of Defense

Lloyd Austin

Independent

7

Attorney General

Merrick Garland

Independent

8

Secretary of the Interior

Deb Haaland

Democratic

9

Secretary of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack

Democratic

10

Secretary of Commerce

Gina Raimondo

Democratic

11

Secretary of Labor

Marty Walsh

Democratic

12

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra

Democratic

13

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Marcia Fudge

Democratic

14

Secretary of Transportation

Pete Buttigieg

Democratic

Secretary of Energy

Jennifer Granholm

Democratic

15

Secretary of Education

Miguel Cardona

Democratic

16

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Denis McDonough

Democratic

Secretary of Homeland Security

Alejandro Mayorkas

Democrat


Notice that only the top 3 above are elected to their office--- other than the top 3, all of the others must be nominated by the U.S. President. 
To be eligible to be the President of the United States, any of the above named positions, after Vice President, must be a natural born citizen of the U.S. --- per the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1. 

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