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H.R. 3285: 21st Century President Act

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The first woman president, or the first president with a same-sex spouse, may be the *next *president.


A 1982 law which makes it illegal to threaten the president or their immediate family refers to “the wife of a former president during his lifetime,” implying that the president must be male and their spouse must be female. So far in American history, indeed, that has always been true.

Yet Kamala Harris is currently the first woman vice president, one heartbeat away from the presidency. Three of the current top eight contenders to become the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, at least according to betting odds, are women: Nikki Haley, Kristi Noem, and Ivanka Trump. And 2020 saw the most successful openly gay presidential candidate in American history, Pete Buttigieg, a …

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Mark Pocan

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 17, 2021
Length: 2 pages
May 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 17, 2021

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28 Cosponsors (27 Democrats, 1 Republican)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 17, 2021

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H.R. 3285 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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