Presidential Succession Act Law and Legal Definition

The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 is a U.S. federal statute. The object of the Act is to provide for an uninterrupted succession line to the U.S presidency. The Act establishes the order of succession in case if neither the President nor the Vice President is able to discharge their functions.

The Act states that in case of removal, resignation, or death of a President and the Vice President, the cabinet members are ordered in the line of succession according to the date their offices were established to hold the office of the President and the Vice President.