Why the Incompatibility Clause Applies to the Office of the President
9 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2010
Date Written: 2009
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.
Keywords: Incompatibility, Office, Officer, "Under the United States," Tillman, Washington, Bastille, Office of Trust or Profit, Senate, House, Congress, President
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