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Questions related to the vice president of a state, the role of vice president is generally a high executive position.

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How many terms can a former vice-president president serve?

If a president were to be unable to serve, with the vice-president becoming president, how many terms would they be able to run/serve for? Say the president is unable to serve 2 years into their ...
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Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?

The Vice-President is the President of the Senate by the US Constitution. As President of the Senate, the Vice-President is empowered to preside over the Senate and cast a tie-breaking vote. The ...
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What are the steps to fill a vacancy for vice president?

Suppose that it is 2007 and Dick Cheney is Vice President. He resigns to become a senator from Wyoming. What steps would be taken to fill this vacancy?
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Can a vice-president vote for his successor in the Senate before becoming president under the 25th amendment?

What does the constitution prescribe in a situation where there is a 50-50 Senate, the president passes away or resigns, and the vice-president becomes the president? Section 2 of the 25th amendment ...
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Was Mike Pence Vice President to Obama for a few minutes?

Mike Pence took his oath a few minutes before Donald Trump did. During those few minutes, was he Vice President to President Obama?
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Why is there no Vice Presidential line of succession?

Congress can confirm a new Vice President, but if Congress couldn't operate due to an emergency like the attack on the Capitol, then there would be no one to fill in the the Vice President. Why is ...
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What's the difference between a 51 seat majority and a 50 seat + VP "majority"?

The US Senate currently has a 50/50 split of Democratic (D) and Republican (R) caucus members. According to news reports, this has lead to "power sharing agreements" needing to be made ...
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How unusual is a Vice President presiding over their own replacement in the Senate?

Yesterday, new Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the swearing-in of 3 new Senators, including her own replacement. This required her to read a statement which had her own name in it, so she ...
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What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard?

After the attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump groups, the DC National Guard was eventually called in to restore order. Strangely, it is being reported that Vice President Mike Pence was the one who ...
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Can the vice president of the United States be fired?

Does the vice-president serve at the discretion of the president, such that he or she can be removed from office at the president's will?
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Is there a difference between a tie-breaker and a regular vote?

In the United States Senate, if there is a tie in a vote, the vice president breaks that tie. According to the senate.gov website, the vice president cannot vote except when breaking a tie. Is there ...
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Would Mike Pence become President if Trump was impeached and removed from office?

Let's assume President Trump is successfully impeached and removed from office on Monday/Tuesday (before his term expires and he leaves office on the 20th). Would Vice President Pence take over and ...
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Must a minimum time pass before the Vice-President replaces the elected President in the US?

Imagine, that elected president is aged/ill in time of elections, so he can hardly perform his duty. But he was nominated for presidency and now is elected. Must a minimum time pass before the US Vice ...
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Legally speaking in the United States, could a former two-term president be vice president? [duplicate]

Legally speaking, is there any laws against a former president that has served 2 terms from being vice president?
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Can the VP technically take over the Senate by ignoring certain precedents?

Here's an article about possible "hardball" tactics Democrats could use under Biden/Harris, if they don't get control of the Senate: https://reason.com/volokh/2020/12/11/potential-...
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Why would a Vice President cast a negative vote?

The Constitution allows for the Vice President to vote on an issue if the vote is equally divided. There have been a number of occasions when the Vice President has cast a negative vote, see here. Why ...
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Does a tie in the Senate require the vice president to always be present in the Senate?

Would the vice president be required to always be in the senate chamber in order to break ties? If not, how often must she be there -- or does she need to be there at all to vote her tie-breaker vote? ...
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If the VP resigns, can the 25th Amendment still be invoked?

There is current news of several of Trump's cabinet members resigning with Trump only having 13 days left in his presidency. Question: If Mike Pence were to resign his vice presidency, with such a ...
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Must the Vice President preside over the counting of the Electoral College votes?

The Vice President, being the President of the Senate, presides over the counting of the Electoral College votes during a joint session of Congress. Following the count, the VP then officially ...
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If the VP were to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the President as unfit for office, would acting secretaries be able to consent?

The 25th Amendment says that the Vice-President, in conjunction with half of the fifteen executive department heads, can declare the President unfit to discharge his duties. Presently only two of the ...
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