President pro tempore

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A President pro tempore is an officer of a body who serves as President when the President is unavailable.

In the United States Senate, this is a Constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.[1]


  1. [1] US Senate Reference