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This page tells all about the duties, roles, and requirements of the Vice-President. It is part of our United States Government series.

Seal of the Vice-President of the United States


The Vice-president of the United States becomes president upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president, should he or she accept the position. He or she is also the president of the Senate. In general, however, the U.S. Constitution does not grant executive powers to the vice-president. The vice-president normally performs duties assigned by the president and acts as his agent and advisor. The Vice-president also serves as the Chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Requirements to be Vice-President

The vice-president must be a natural-born citizen of the United States. The vice-president must also be at least 35 years old and a resident of the United States for 14 years.

Presidential Elections

Presidential elections are held every four years. Presidents can serve a maximum of two terms, or eight years in office. The president and vice-president are the only officials elected on a national scale.


The vice-president of the United States earns $221,000 per year.

Vice-presidents Ascending to the Presidency.

United States Government Navigation

Executive Branch


Legislative Branch

House of Representatives

Judicial Branch

Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts

Executive Department Heads

Secretary of Agriculture
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Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Homeland Security
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of the Interior
Attorney General
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of State
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Government Structure


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