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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:

  1. Vice President - currently Joe Biden
  2. Speaker of the House of Representatives - currently John Boehner
  3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate - currently Daniel Inoyue
  4. Secretary of State - currently Hillary Clinton
  5. Secretary of the Treasury - currently Timothy Geithner
  6. Secretary of Defense - currently Leon Panetta
  7. Attorney General - currently Eric Holder
  8. Secretary of the Interior - currently Ken Salazar
  9. Secretary of Agriculture - currently Tom Vilsack
  10. Secretary of Commerce - Temporarily held by Rebecca Blank; John Bryson has been nominated as official successor but has not yet been confirmed.

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