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Speaker of the House becoming President

This may be a silly question. If the President and the VP are unable to fullfil official duties, the job falls onto the Speaker of the House.

A person born in another country, but then becomes a citizen of the US can not run for presidency.

Can they be VP or Speaker of the House?


Asked by mom2queenie2004 at 5:50 PM on May. 9, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 stipulates that the Presidential Succession List only applies to those officers who are "eligible to the office of President under the Constitution." This means that naturalized citizens holding offices on the Presidential Succession List would be ineligible to become President even if the previous officeholder on the list was incapacitated.
    For example, if a naturalized U.S. citizen was the Speaker of the House during a period in which both the President and Vice President were rendered unable to perform the duties of the office of President of the U.S.A., he would be skipped over and the next natural-born U.S. citizen on the list would be appointed President. The same would equally apply to a Speaker of the House who was only 28 years old: according to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents must be 35 years of age or older.

    Answer by Carpy at 6:28 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • If the President can't I do not think that the VP or SoH can either due to that just in case the president fails to full fill his duties as President .. Id have to look it up to be sure but that would be common sense to me!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:15 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • copied that

    Answer by Carpy at 6:29 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • The VP has the same requirements as the President in order to hold that office:

    "To hold the office, the Vice President must satisfy the same constitutional qualifications as the President; that is, the Vice President must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least thirty-five years of age and a resident of the United States for 14 years."

    Then what Carpy said for Speaker, etc.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:43 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • Thanks Carpy. That makes sense.

    Answer by mom2queenie2004 at 6:43 PM on May. 9, 2010