Utah Senator Third In Line For President's Seat

Nov 5, 2014

With the results of Tuesday’s election and the Republicans reclaiming control of the Senate, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is set to become Senate president pro tempore beginning in January.

This means he will be third in line for the presidential seat, among other responsibilities and perks that come with the position.

The honor, set apart in the constitution, is typically bestowed upon the senior Senate member of the majority party.

Hatch, 80, will receive a small office at the Capitol, a security detail, and media reports in the case of a national emergency, a helicopter would be sent to aid him.

In the absence of the vice president, the president pro tempore has the responsibility to preside over Senate sessions.

Hatch has confirmed that this senatorial term will be his last.