Here is the long list of people in line to take over as President if anything happens to Donald Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Intel Brian Krzanich in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2017.
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Who takes over if Donald Trump is ever unable to perform the duties of the US President?

In the event that the president ever resigns, gets impeached, dies, or is otherwise incapable of serving, the US has created a long line of succession to ensure the peaceful transfer of power under any circumstances.

Established in 1947 at the dawn of the nuclear age, the presidential line of succession goes down heads of Congress and then the president’s cabinet.

Under Trump, 15 Republicans, three Independents, make up that line. Of them, 15 are men and three women, though one woman is a naturalized citizen who is included but ineligible to serve as president.

While turnover in the role of US president remains extremely rare, the line provides political stability and military-grade redundancy should anything ever happen to the Commander in Chief. Here are the people currently in line to take over in place of Trump:


Vice President Mike Pence

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Mike Pence.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan


Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch

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Orrin Hatch.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson.
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Secretary of the Treasure Steven Mnuchin

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Steven Mnuchin.
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis

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James Mattis.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

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Ryan Zinke.
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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

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Sonny Perdue.
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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

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Wilbur Ross.
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Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta


Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price

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Tom Price.
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

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Ben Carson.
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Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. Because Chao was born in Taiwan, she is ineligible to serve as president and would be passed over.

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Elaine Chao.
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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry


Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

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Betsy Devos.
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin


Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke

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Elaine Duke.
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