Note: This is the post #17 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.
Cabinet position: Vice President (VPOTUS)
Current: Mike Pence
Succession: The Vice President is second in the presidential line of succession.
Primary Duties: The Vice President is also the President of the Senate, and in this role has two primary functions: to cast a vote in the event of a Senate deadlock (which Pence has done twice) and to preside over and certify the official vote count of the Electoral College after a presidential election. The National Security Act of 1947 also makes VPOTUS a statutory member of the National Security Council.
Vice President: Mike Pence
Previous occupation: Governor of Illinois
Education: BA in history from Hanover College, and a JD degree from the Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Previous government experience: Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2013.
Religious Affiliation: Evangelical (nondenominational)
• Served as president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.
• While in Congress, served as head of the Republican Study Committee and Republican conference chairman.
• Hosted “The Mike Pence Show,” a syndicated radio talk show and morning TV show.
On political identity: “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican … in that order.”
On school choice: “Children in this state ought to be afforded opportunities for quality education. Those decisions should be made in the best interests of our kids, and those decisions should be made by parents.”
On his influences: “I would say that my Christian faith and my relationship with (my wife) Karen are the two most dominant influences in my life today.
Previous and forthcoming posts in this series: Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S. Trade Representative, Director of National Intelligence, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, White House Chief of Staff