The 25th Amendment

     The 25th amendment is the presidential disability and succession. This means that if something happens to the president, the vice president shall become president. The Twenty-fifth Amendment was an effort to resolve some of the continuing issues revolving around the office of the President. President Dwight Eisenhower's 1955 heart attack and subsequent health problems put the question of presidential disability and succession back in the minds of many.

          This amendment was passed by congress July 6, 1965, and ratified February 10, 1967; President Lyndon Johnson certified it. The constitution did not specify whether the vice president would become president or act as president if the current president shall die, resign, be removed from office or become disabled. The first time the 25th amendment was used occurred in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to fill the vacancy left by Vice President Spiro Agnew’s resignation. It was used again less than a year later. This time, Vice President Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned, and he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy left by him. #kettner #amendment