The Question: Which Cabinet member is fourth in the presidential line of succession?
Secretary of Treasury
Secretary of Education
Secretary of State
Secretary of Defense
The presidential line of succession was first outlined in the Constitution, and then again in the Presidential Succession Act of 1947. Of the 18 members in the initial line of succession, 16 are Cabinet members. First and foremost on the list is the Vice President, who is followed by the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate (the two non-Cabinet members). The rest of the 15 executive Cabinet members complete the list, starting with the secretary of state in the fourth spot, all the way to the secretary of homeland security in the 18th.
The correct answer is Secretary of State.