List of Vice-Presidents Who Served as "Acting" President Under the 25th Amendment

Compiled by Gerhard Peters

"Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President."
-- Constitution of the United States, Amendment 25, Section 3


Date President Vice-President From To Reason for Presidential Disability
July 21, 2007 George W. Bush Richard B. Cheney 7:16AM 9:21AM Colonoscopy
Discharge Letter: Letter to Congressional Leaders on the Temporary Transfer of the Powers and Duties of President of the United States
Resumption Letter: Letter to Congressional Leaders on Resuming the Powers and Duties of President of the United States

June 29, 2002 George W. Bush Richard B. Cheney 7:09AM 9:24AM Colonoscopy
Discharge Letter: Letter to Congressional Leaders on the Temporary Transfer of the Powers and Duties of President of the United States
Resumption Letter: Letter to Congressional Leaders on Resuming the Powers and Duties of President of the United States

July 13, 1985 Ronald Reagan George Bush 11:28AM 7:22PM Colon cancer surgery
Discharge Letter: Letter to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House on the Discharge of the President's Powers and Duties During His Surgery
Resumption Letter: Letter to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House on the President's Resumption of His Powers and Duties Following Surgery

Citations

John Woolley and Gerhard Peters,The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California (hosted), Gerhard Peters (database).