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By the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, the following people are in the order of succession upon the death of the president:
- Vice President - currently Joe Biden
- Speaker of the House of Representatives - currently John Boehner
- President Pro Tempore of the Senate - currently Daniel Inoyue
- Secretary of State - currently Hillary Clinton
- Secretary of the Treasury - currently Timothy Geithner
- Secretary of Defense - currently Leon Panetta
- Attorney General - currently Eric Holder
- Secretary of the Interior - currently Ken Salazar
- Secretary of Agriculture - currently Tom Vilsack
- Secretary of Commerce - Temporarily held by Rebecca Blank; John Bryson has been nominated as official successor but has not yet been confirmed.