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The Vice President of the United States (VPOTUS) is the second-highest public office created by the United States Constitution. The Vice President, together with the President of the United States, is indirectly elected by the people through the Electoral College to a four-year term of office. The vice president is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would ascend to the Presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President.

The vice president is also president of the United States Senate.In that capacity, he is allowed to vote in the Senate only when necessary to break a tie. While Senate customs have created super-majority rules that have diminished this Constitutional, tie-breaking authority, the vice president still retains the ability to influence legislation, e.g. the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

Pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment, the Vice President presides over the joint session of Congress when it convenes to count the vote of the Electoral College.

While the Vice President's only constitutionally prescribed functions aside from Presidential succession relate to his role as President of the Senate, the office is commonly viewed as a component of the executive branch of the federal government. The United States Constitution does not expressly assign the office to any one branch, causing a dispute among scholars whether it belongs to the executive branch, the legislative branch, or both. The modern view of the Vice President as a member of the executive branch is due in part to the assignment of executive duties to the Vice President by either the President or Congress, though such activities are only recent historical developments.

The current Vice President took office in 2041 and serves under President Richard Splett.

Recent Vice Presidents Edit

No. Portrait Vice President Term of Office

Party

Election President
47
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Selina Meyer

January 20, 2013

-

January 24, 2016

Democratic Party

57

(2012)

Stuart Hughes
Office vacant: January 24, 2016 - February 2016 Selina Meyer
48
DoylePortrait
Andrew Doyle

February 2016

-

January 20, 2017

Democratic Party
Office vacant: January 20, 2017 - January 20, 2021

58

(2016)

Laura Montez
49
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Jonah Ryan

January 20, 2021

-

his impeachment

Democratic Party

59

(2020)

Selina Meyer
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