Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has been named the designated survivor for the 2016 State of the Union, a White House official said Tuesday evening.
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Johnson, 58, has been head of the Department of Homeland Security since 2013 and is only the fourth person to serve in the position. He previously served as a general counsel at the Department of Defense.
For each State of the Union address, the White House chief of staff selects a cabinet-level official as the designated survivor, who spends the State of the Union night in an undisclosed location.
They serve as a potential president-in-waiting in the event there is a catastrophic incident in the House chamber during the State of the Union.