Monday, October 3, 2022

Feinstein is ready to move to the presidential line of succession if Democrats keep the Senate

Feinstein is ready to move to the presidential line of succession if Democrats keep the Senate

The longest serving Democrat in the Senate announced on Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, a move that will push California Senator Dianne Feinstein into that position and possibly into the presidential line of succession.

Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat) decided to step down after eight terms in the Senate.

Leahy’s departure from the Senate, expected in early 2023, will make Feinstein the longest-running Democratic senator. If Democrats retain control of the Senate after the 2022 midterm elections, she will be poised to become interim President of the Senate, the first woman to hold a constitutionally mandated position.

The interim president is elected by the Senate, but for decades the position went to the most senior member of the majority party. The holder of the position is ranked third in the presidential line of succession after the Vice President and Speaker of the House.

Along with Vice President Kamala Harris, if Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat from San Francisco) remains in office – she previously stated that she will not act as speaker after 2022 – this will place three Californian women in the top three candidates for the presidency. …

Because of the line of succession, the interim president is one of the few members of Congress to have full-time security.

The work involves other official duties such as making appointments with various national councils. The interim president presides over the Senate when the vice president is not present, but he usually assigns responsibilities to the younger members of the Senate.

Feinstein was first elected to the Senate in 1992. Her current term, her fifth full term, is due to end in early 2025.

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