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The Presiding Officer is the person who presides over the United States Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.

There is no actual office of "Presiding Officer." Whoever is presiding at the time is the Presiding Officer. This can be the President of the Senate (the Vice President of the United States), the President pro tempore, or someone designated by the President pro tempore. Typically, a junior senator of the majority party presides. During impeachment trials of the President of the United States, the Chief Justice of the United States is the presiding officer. The presiding officer is always addressed as "Mr./Madame President," except during impeachment trials, or during joint sessions where the President of the United States is present. For example, the President of the United States will address the Vice President, although serving in his or her capacity as President of the Senate, as "Mr. (or Madame) Vice President".

See also

List of the Presidents of the United States Senate




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