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Why the Incompatibility Clause Applies to the Office of the President


Saikrishna Prakash


University of Virginia School of Law

2009

Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Vol. 4, pp. 35-43, 2009
Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper

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In Why Our Next President May Keep His or Her Senate Seat: A Conjecture on the Constitution's Incompatibility Clause, Seth Barrett Tillman argues that a sitting President may serve simultaneously as a member of Congress. The Incompatibility Clause speaks to this very matter. It specifies that "no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office." Mr. Tillman asserts that the President is neither an officer nor holds an office "under the United States."

Though he cites many different law review articles and constitutional provisions, Mr. Tillman has done little to dislodge conventional wisdom. The President occupies an "Office under the United States" as his Oath Suggest and as Many members of the founding generation understood.

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Keywords: Incompatibility, Office, Officer, "Under the United States," Tillman, Washington, Bastille, Office of Trust or Profit, Senate, House, Congress, President

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Date posted: February 23, 2010  

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Prakash, Saikrishna, Why the Incompatibility Clause Applies to the Office of the President (2009). Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Vol. 4, pp. 35-43, 2009; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1557164

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