What happens if the Vice President dies?


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Presidential Line of Succession
The United States presidential line of succession defines who may become or act as President of the United States upon the incapacity, death, resignation, or removal from office of a sitting president or a president-elect.
1st: Vice President
2nd: Speaker of the House
3rd: President pro tempore of the Senate
4th: Secretary of State
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The Presidential Succession Act covers only the office of the presidency. According to this act, if the president dies or is unable to fulfill his office, the vice president becomes president. Next in line is the speaker of the house, then the president pro tempore of the senate, then the secretary of state and on down the line of the president's cabinet. The speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate were added to the line of succession in 1945 so that a president would not be able to appoint his successor. Successors to the president and vice president are only eligible to assume office if they are natural-born citizens, which means that they were born as U.S. citizens, whether at home or abroad, and not as citizens of another country. They must also have resided in the United States for at least 14 years and be at least 35 years of age.

Though the president has the authority to replace a vice president who dies in office, he is not required to exercise that authority. Of the seven vice presidents who died during their term of office, none were replaced. The office remained vacant until the next election.

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