Rick Perry serving as State of the Union's 'designated survivor'

Alicia Farmer
February 7, 2019

As is customary, the president selects one cabinet member to hide in an undisclosed location during his address in case a catastrophe occurs in the House chamber.

The tradition of keeping at least one cabinet member away from the State of the Union Address has been explored by the world of entertainment.

In the event of a disaster event, an official confirmed by the US Senate would be in a secure locale and ready to take over the reins of government.

Instead, the former texas governor watched from a secret location.

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Last year Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was selected for the role, which is only open to Senate-confirmed secretaries who are also natural-born US citizens.

The selection for the 2019 designated survivor was also hard given that the person chosen must have been confirmed by the Senate for their position. Trump's choice this year was limited by the number of "acting" secretaries in the Cabinet.

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