The State of the Union’s designated survivor: Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

The White House tapped Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to be the designated survivor for President Donald Trump’s third State of the Union address.

Bernhardt is waiting out the annual gathering of the nation‘s lawmakers and top officials in an undisclosed, secure location in the event of a catastrophe that kills the president and cabinet.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue played the role during Trump’s last Congress-wide address in 2019. The tradition dates back to the Civil War and can be seen as an indicator of secretaries’ standing within the administration.