Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is designated survivor for 2020 State of the Union

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is designated survivor for 2020 State of the Union
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Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the designated survivor for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE's third State of the Union address, the White House said Tuesday night.

Bernhardt has served in Trump's Cabinet since April. As secretary of the Interior, he is eighth in the presidential line of succession.

A member of the president’s Cabinet is selected each year to stay at an undisclosed location during the State of the Union to preserve the government’s succession in the case of a catastrophic incident at the Capitol, where Vice President Pence and Cabinet members are in attendance for Tuesday night's speech.


Then-Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryFormer Texas Supreme Court justice jumps into state's AG Republican primary race Texas governor signs 'fetal heartbeat' abortion bill Tomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 MORE served as the designated survivor during last year’s State of the Union and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueSonny PerdueOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court rules that pipeline can seize land from New Jersey | Study: EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas development | Kevin McCarthy sets up task forces on climate, other issues The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Georgia election day is finally here; Trump hopes Pence 'comes through for us' to overturn results Civil war between MAGA, GOP establishment could hand Dems total control MORE filled the role in 2018.

Bernhardt earlier Tuesday tweeted that he was looking forward to “hearing” Trump’s State of the Union address.


Brett Samuels contributed to this report.