Highest Ranking Official in Each U.S. State

Map by Reddit user detrevnisiemit

This is a map of the United States, where it shows the highest-ranking official that each state has given, according to the U.S. presidential line of succession.

19 states have produced the highest official of the land – the President of the United States. The 46th President, Joe Biden, hails from the state of Delaware.

These seven states contributed a Vice President as their top government official:

  • Wyoming
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Maryland
  • Maine

Four U.S. states – Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Connecticut – presented a Speaker of the House of Representatives.

There are 13 states whose highest official is the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate (president pro tem for short). Its incumbent, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, comes from the state of Vermont.

Florida and the District of Columbia both bore a Secretary of State. 

Meanwhile, the state of Oregon is the only state to have an Attorney General as their highest public official. This distinction belongs to George Henry Williams, who served as Attorney General from 1871 to 1875.

The states of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and New Mexico produced a Secretary of the Interior.

Finally, it is only South Dakota that did not produce any top government official under the presidential succession line.

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