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The vice president of the United States is the second-highest officer in the executive branch of the U.S. federal government, after the president of the United States, and ranks first in the presidential line of succession. The vice president is also an officer in the legislative branch, as the president of the Senate. In this capacity, the vice president is empowered to preside over Senate deliberations, but may not vote except to cast a tie-breaking vote. The vice president is indirectly elected together with the president to a four-year term of office by the people of the United States through the Electoral College.
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    • Constitutional Convention 

    • Early vice presidents and Twelfth Amendment 

    • 19th and early 20th centuries 

    • Emergence of the modern vice presidency 

    • Stepping stone to the presidency 

    • Constitutional roles 

    • President of the United States Senate 

    • President of impeachment trials 

    • President of electoral vote counts 

    • Successor to the U.S. president 

    • Temporary successor for presidential disabilities 

    • Modern roles 

    • Presidential advisor 

    • Governing partner 

    • Congressional liaison 

    • Representative at events 

    • National Security Council member 

    • Eligibility 

    • Nomination 

    • Selection criteria 

    • Election 

    • Inauguration 

    • Term of office 

    • Impeachment 

    • Vacancies 

    • Salary 

    • Residence 

    • Staff 

    • Office spaces 

    • Retirement