What are the duties for the Speaker of the House? When would he take over as President in the case of a death?

I heard that the Speaker of the house will take over if something happens to the President. I have argued this, because I thought that was the duty of the Vice President? I am very confused.

10 Answers

  • Sir J
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Speaker of the House is third in line after the vice president.

    He is the head of the House of Representatives in the meantime.

    Here is the succession order, amended in 1947

    * Vice President

    * Speaker of the House

    * President Pro Tempore of the Senate

    * Secretary of State

    * Secretary of the Treasury

    * Secretary of Defense

    * Attorney General

    * Secretary of the Interior

    * Secretary of Agriculture

    * Secretary of Commerce

    * Secretary of Labor

    * Secretary of Health and Human Services

    * Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    * Secretary of Transportation

    * Secretary of Energy

    * Secretary of Education

    * Secretary of Veterans Affairs

    * Secretary of Homeland Security

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Speaker of the House takes over if both the President and Vice President die simultaneously.

    Good Luck!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    The Speaker of the House would take over in case the

    Vice-President was not capable or dead. The Speaker of the House is 3rd in line for the president's job.

  • 1 decade ago

    According to the federal succession statute currently in effect,[1], the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress is second in line for succession to the presidency; should the president and vice president be unable to serve, the speaker would become president. Some scholars, however, have argued that this provision of the succession statute is unconstitutional.[2]


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  • 1 decade ago

    Why do people keep asking about who will take over if the president dies? He's in the best shape of any president so I don't see him dying of any health issues and he's so close to the end of his presidency I don't see him being taken out so why this question constantly? The Vice President takes over.

  • 1 decade ago

    The vice president and the Speaker of the house is the same person.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Speaker takes over if the Vice president dies, but if the vice president does die, the whole thing might be cursed. ha ha. Peace!

  • 1 decade ago

    no the vice president would. if the speaker of the house did...then he would be called the vice president....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well,you just confused me too.Ford took over for Nixon and I thought the purpose of the vice pres. was to take over.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    first would be VP the n next is the speake in the order of succession

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