Election 2020 Vice President

April 1, 2021
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Putting aside WHO

WHAT does the Vice President actually do?

“I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything.”

John Adams, America's first VP and second President. Initially, the Constitution was somewhat vague as to whether the Vice President's succession as President in the case of POTUS's death was temporary or permanent. Also, during those early years, Americans only voted for Pres & the runner-up got VP; Pres. Adams' VP was from an opposing party.

The Original Constitution Didn’t Say Much About VP

  • It stated the VP is the President of the Senate, but only votes as a tie-breaker in deadlock votes.
  • It also stated the Senate must elect a president pro tempore (president for a time) in the VP’s absence.
  • The Senate’s official website says, “Our Constitution’s framers created the vice presidency almost as an afterthought.”

The Amendments That Shaped The VP

  • 1804: Eight years after Pres. Adams was left with a VP from the opposing party, the 12th Amendment made the VP a separately elected office from the Pres.
  • 1967: Four years after the assassination of Pres. Kennedy & seven years before Pres. Nixon’s resignation, the 25th Amendment made it “official” that the VP serves out the remainder of term if a pres. dies or resigns.

Four VP Fun Facts

  • 3 women nominated for VP by a major party: Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin & Kamala Harris.
  • 14 VPs became Pres – most due to death of incumbents. 4 were elected – most recently Pres. George H.W. Bush.
  • Unlike the two-term limit imposed on a President, the Constitution imposes no such term limit on the VP.

WHERE DOES THE VP LIVE? Since 1977, every Vice President has lived with his family on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., which is also home to America's master clock.

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by Jenna Lee,