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 John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House 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 PerryThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes unexpected step to stem coronavirus Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative MORE served as the designated survivor during last year’s State of the Union and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueUN warns of global food shortage caused by coronavirus measures: report USDA closes office wing due to coronavirus but faces concerns on telework Federal judge cites coronavirus in decision blocking Trump admin cut to food stamps 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.