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president pro tempore

or president pro tem

noun, U.S. Government.
a senator, usually a senior member of the majority party, who is chosen to preside over the Senate in the absence of the vice president. Unabridged
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  • Or will he simply ascend to the president pro tempore slot—dignified, venerable, respected but ultimately powerless?

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