The Presidential Succession Act at 75 | The Incumbency “Requirement” in the Presidential Succession Act of 1947: Policy and Constitutional Considerations
By James Ronan
These remarks were delivered as part of the program entitled The Presidential Succession Act at 75: Praise It or Bury It?, which was held on April 6, 2022, and hosted by the Fordham University School of Law. The Presidential Succession Act sets out the presidential line of succession and other procedures for situations in which the president and vice president have both died, resigned, been removed, or become unable to discharge the presidency’s powers and duties. The Act also addresses succession scenarios before Inauguration Day. In light of the statute’s seventy-fifth anniversary, this program explored relevant history and analyzed whether reform to the statute is needed.
In these remarks, Dr. James Ronan, an Adjunct Professor of political science at Villanova University, discusses the problems associated with the Presidential Succession Act of 1947’s requirement that any Acting President resign from his or her underlying position.