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Homeland Security chief the designated survivor

WASHINGTON — The White House says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has been selected as the “designated survivor” who will skip President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

The vice president and the president’s Cabinet traditionally attend the president’s speech, along with congressional leaders who are in the presidential line of succession. One Cabinet member is selected each year to not attend the speech in case a catastrophic event incapacitates the president and other attendees.

The White House doesn’t disclose where the designated survivor is located during the address.

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