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The Twenty-Fifth AmendmentIts Complete History and Application$
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John D. Feerick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823252008

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823252008.001.0001

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Succession Beyond the Vice Presidency

Succession Beyond the Vice Presidency

(p.33) 3 Succession Beyond the Vice Presidency
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

John D. Feerick

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the various congressional enactments prescribing a line of succession beyond the vice presidency, including the 1792 law, the 1886 law, and the 1947 law. The 1947 law dictated that the Speaker of the House would succeed the Vice President, and the President pro tempore of the Senate would succeed the Vice President. Although the 1947 act has never been applied, the act’s imperfections were highlighted on several occasions when the Speaker became the heir apparent. One danger was that succession to the Speaker of the House could shift control of the White House to a different political party.

Keywords:   Speaker, Senate, succession, vacancy, legislative

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