What is the presiding officer of the Senate called?
Credit:PoolGetty Images NewsGetty Images
Q:

What is the presiding officer of the Senate called?

A:

Quick Answer

The presiding officer of the United States Senate is simply called the presiding officer. The presiding officer of the Senate is also the president of the Senate and the vice president of the U.S.

 Know More

Full Answer

If the vice president is unavailable, then the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is usually the most senior member of the majority party, presides in his or her stead or may designate another member of the majority party to do so.

Article 1, Section 3, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the vice president shall preside over the Senate, but have no vote unless there is a tie.

Learn more about Branches of Government

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the title of the presiding officer of the senate?

    A:

    The president of the Senate is the presiding officer of the Senate. This position is held by the vice president of the United States. When the vice president is unable to perform his duties or is not present, the president pro tempore presides over the Senate.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    Who is the presiding officer of the U.S. Senate?

    A:

    The official presiding officer of the U.S. Senate is the vice president, but a president pro tempore is elected to fulfill the duties when the vice president is not in attendance. The vice president normally does not preside unless he needs to cast the deciding vote on an issue.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    Why is the Senate called a continuous body?

    A:

    The Senate is called a continuous body because the reelection of members is timed so that no more than one-third of the members change in an election period. In other words, the Senate is broken up into three equal groups, and only one-third of the senate faces reelection every two years. All members of the senate are elected to six-year terms.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What are the express powers of the vice president?

    A:

    The express powers of the vice president of the United States are to be the presiding officer of the Senate, to act as a ceremonial assistant, to cast the swaying vote if there is a tie in the Senate and to be prepared to take over presidential duties should the president be unable to serve, according to the U.S. Senate page. The vice president is considered to be the second-most important official in the government though the position has often been misunderstood by many.

    Full Answer >

Explore