There are a total of eighteen people in the succession:
Catholic (8), Jewish (5), Protestant (2), Not religious (3)
Of the first five in succession: Jewish (3), Catholic (2)
Only one out of first 12 are not Jewish or Catholic
Seven out of the first 12 are Catholic, Four out of the first 12 are Jewish
The current presidential order of succession was established by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, as amended. The order consists of congressional officers followed by the members of the cabinet in the order of the establishment of each department, provided that each officer must satisfy the constitutional requirements for serving as president.
Kamala Harris – VICE PRESIDENT
Kamala Devi Harris was born in Oakland, California, on October 20, 1964. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a Tamil Indian biologist, Harris’s father, Donald J. Harris, a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics, from British Jamaica.
Douglas Craig Emhoff (born October 13, 1964) is an American lawyer who is the second gentleman of the United States. He is married to the 49th vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris. As the first-ever husband of a vice president, Emhoff is the first second gentleman in American history. He is also the first Jewish spouse of a vice president.
Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House of Representatives
Pelosi was born in Baltimore to an Italian-American family. She was the only girl and the youngest of seven children of Annunciata M. “Nancy” D’Alesandro (née Lombardi) and Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. Her mother was born in Fornelli, Isernia, Molise, in South Italy, and came to the U.S. in 1912; her father could trace his Italian ancestry to Genoa, Venice and Abruzzo. In 1958, Pelosi graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame, an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore.
Patrick Leahy – President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Leahy was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the son of Alba (née Zambon) and Howard Francis Leahy. Leahy’s maternal grandparents were Italian, and his father was of Irish ancestry; Leahy attended the parochial schools of Montpelier, and graduated from Montpelier’s St. Michael’s High School in 1957. In 1961, Leahy graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. While attending college, Leahy was a member of the National Federation of Catholic College Students.
Antony Blinken – SECRETARY OF STATE
Antony Blinken was born on April 16, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, to Jewish parents, Judith (Frehm) and Donald M. Blinken, who later served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary. His maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jews.
Dr. Janet Yellen – SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
Janet Yellen was born on August 13, 1946, to a family of Polish Jewish ancestry in the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, where she also grew up.
Lloyd Austin – SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Austin was raised by a devout Catholic mother and remains practicing.
Merrick Garland – ATTORNEY GENERAL
Merrick Brian Garland was born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago. His mother Shirley (née Horwitz; 1925–2016) was a director of volunteer services at Chicago’s Council for Jewish Elderly. Garland was raised in Conservative Judaism, the family name having been changed from Garfinkel several generations earlier.
Deb Haaland – SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
Haaland is Catholic.
Tom Vilsack – SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Gina Raimondo – SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
Raimondo is a practicing Roman Catholic and was one of the first girls to graduate from the LaSalle Academy, a Catholic school in Providence.
Marty Walsh – SECRETARY OF LABOR
He is a Roman Catholic. He speaks Irish.
Xavier Becerra – SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Becerra is Roman Catholic.
Marcia Fudge – SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Fudge has been a member of the Glenville Church of God, and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.
Pete Buttigieg – SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
Buttigieg is a Christian, and he has said his faith has had a strong influence in his life.
Jennifer Granholm – SECRETARY OF ENERGY
Dr. Miguel Cardona – SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
Denis McDonough – SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
McDonough was born on December 2, 1969, in Stillwater, Minnesota. He was one of 11 children in a devout Irish Catholic family, his grandparents having immigrated from Connemara in the Gaeltacht.
Alejandro Mayorkas – SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, nicknamed Ali, was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 24, 1959. His father, Charles R. “Nicky” Mayorkas, was born in Cuba. He was a Cuban Jew of Sephardi and Ashkenazi background. His mother, Anita (Gabor), was a Romanian Jew whose family escaped the Holocaust and fled to Cuba in the 1940s.
SECRETARY OF STATE
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
NOTE: Vice President considered Jewish, because of marriage to a Jewish man (second gentlemen of the United States)