THERE have been 49 vice presidents in the US, starting with John Adams in 1789.
Can the vice president of the United States be fired?
There are ways a vice president can be forced to leave office – but the VP cannot be “fired.”
A vice president – along with the president – can be impeached from office.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach and remove the president, the VP, and other federal
civil officers for treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.
“Cabinet secretaries serve at the pleasure of the president, who can dismiss them at any time,” Martin Nolan previously wrote in HuffPost.
“To oust a vice president requires a vote of the House and two-thirds vote in the Senate: a messy matter, but it would be fascinating television.”
The writer continued: “The vice presidency is a hugely erroneous afterthought by the Framers.
“Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist Paper 68, conceded that having the vice president preside over the Senate ‘has been objected to as superfluous, if not mischievous.'”
There are other ways a VP can leave office.
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If a president dies, resigns, or is forced out through impeachment, he or she would be succeeded by the vice president. In those scenarios, the VP would lose his or her job but would get a promotion.
Vice President Harry Truman became president when Franklin Roosevelt died in 1945, and VP Gerald Ford succeeded Richard Nixon in 1974 when the Watergate scandal forced Nixon to resign.
Both Truman and Ford would lead the country through turbulent times.