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Puerto Rico governmental line of succession
Process overview
Formed "ad hoc
after the Governor is unable to perform his functions
Jurisdiction "executive branch
Headquarters "Office of the Governor
Key documents
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The Puerto Rico governmental line of succession defines who may become or act as "Governor of Puerto Rico upon the incapacity, death, resignation, or removal from office (by "impeachment and subsequent "conviction) of a sitting governor or a governor-elect.

"Article IV of the "Constitution of Puerto Rico establishes that when a vacancy occurs in the post of Governor said post shall devolve upon the "Secretary of State, who shall hold it for the rest of the term and until a new governor has been elected and qualifies. In the event that vacancies exist at the same time in both the post of Governor and that of Secretary of State, the law establishes a line of succession upon the "Secretaries. This line of succession is established by Law No. 7 of 2005.

In the event that the Governor-elect does not qualify, or a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of Governor before the Governor-elect shall have appointed a Secretary of State, or before said Secretary, having been appointed, shall have qualified, the "Legislative Assembly just elected elects a Governor who shall hold office until his successor is elected in the next "general election and qualifies.

Current order[edit]

Order Office Current officer
1 "Secretary of State "Luis G. Rivera Marín
2 "Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez Garced
3 "Secretary of Treasury Raúl Maldonado
4 "Secretary of Education "Julia Keleher
5 "Secretary of Labor and Human Resources Carlos Saavedra Gutiérrez
6 "Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Carlos Contreras Aponte
7 "Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce Manuel J. Laboy
8 "Secretary of Health Rafael Rodríguez
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