If both Trump and Pence were incapacitated or resigned would Ryan become President?

I'm not saying this is likely, I'm just asking from a constitutional point of view.

10 Answers

  • Pat
    Lv 7
    2 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Here's the full breakdown of the order of succession and who currently holds each position.

    1. Vice President: Mike Pence

    2. Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan

    3. Senate President Pro Tempore: Orrin Hatch

    4. Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

    5. Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

    6. Secretary of Defense: James Mattis

    7. Attorney General: Jeff Sessions

    8. Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke

    9. Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue

    10. Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross

    11. Secretary of Labor: Alexander Acosta

    12. Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price

    13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson

    14. Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao (ineligible for the presidency; not a natural-born citizen)

    15. Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry

    16. Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos

    17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs: David Shulkin

    18. Secretary of Homeland Security: John Kelly

    Of course, it's highly unlikely the 18th person in line will ever take over as president, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.


  • Jas B
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    The list of succession, who takes over after who, is laid down in the Constitution. This is a current list, though certain of these people may have lost their jobs, so it would be the person who currently holds that job, who takes over if those above him or her cannot;

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  • Tim
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    No the Senate is next in line.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Yes. What a horror show. 👻

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  • 2 years ago

    The Speaker of the House is next in line after Pence and will be a Democrat after the 2018 election.

  • 2 years ago

    Yes. They would all be bad. Ryan is as into the Russia thing as the others.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    after President and Vice President, the next person in line to be president is the Speaker of the House, which is currently Paul Ryan.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    If you read my screen name here, that should answer your question.

  • Huh?
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Yes, the Speaker is the next in line.

    The order of succession (first five) is

    Vice President Mike Pence.

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

    Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

  • 2 years ago


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