Transportation chief named SOTU 'designated survivor'

Transportation chief named SOTU 'designated survivor'
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Treasury Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxBig Dem names show little interest in Senate Lyft sues New York over new driver minimum pay law Lyft confidentially files for IPO MORE will miss Tuesday night's State of the Union address, serving as this year's "designated survivor."

Before each State of the Union address, the White House chooses one member in the line of succession in case a catastrophic emergency wipes out the president and other senior leaders.


That individual is whisked to an undisclosed location and kept under tight security until the president safely returns to the White House.

Designated successors are required to be natural-born citizens, at least 35 years old and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years — the constitutional requirements to become president. 

Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey Moniz2020 is the Democrats' to lose — and they very well may What we learned from the first Green New Deal Overnight Energy: GOP pushes back on climate | 2018 was fourth hottest year on record | Park Service reverses on using fees MORE fulfilled the role last year, his second time sitting out the address. 

Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun DonovanShaun L. S. DonovanHouse Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan Overnight Finance: Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | New rules for prepaid cards | Justices dig into insider trading law GOP reps warn Obama against quickly finalizing tax rules MORE and Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderMeghan McCain to Sunny Hostin on Assange defense: 'Straight propaganda!' Hatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty LeBron James: Nipsey Hussle's murder 'one of the most unfortunate events' in American history MORE have also filled the role.