Speaker of the House

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  • The leader of the House of Representatives, elected by other members of the House. The Speaker usually shares the same party as the majority in the House. Under the Presidential Succession Act (1947), the Speaker is second in the line of succession after the vice president. The Speaker's responsibilities include calling the House to order, administering the oath of office to House members, presiding over House debates or delegating the power, setting the legislative agenda, and leading the appointment process for choosing committee chairs. In January 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first female and first Italian American to hold the position of Speaker of the House.

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