The Vice President of the United States is elected together with the President and they serve the same term in office. The Vice President is the first in line to take on the Presidency if the President dies, resigns or is removed from office. The role of Vice President also includes casting a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate, and presiding over the counting and presentation of the Electoral College votes. The Vice President also has many other informal roles. We all know that the President lives in the White House, but have you ever wondered where the Vice President lives?
Where does the Vice President live?
Before 1974, the Vice President lived in their own home. However, the cost of providing security at the private residence had become too high and a solution was needed. In 1974, Number One Observatory Circle was refurbished and made available to the Vice President. This house is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. It was built in 1893 for the superintendent, but the Chief of Naval Operations liked the house and took it for himself in 1923. It remained the residence of the Chief of Naval Operations until 1974.
Did you know?
Although it was made available in 1974, Number One Observatory Circle wasn’t used full time until 1977 when Vice President Walter Mondale moved into the home. Since this time every Vice President has lived at this residence.
An underground bunker was believed to be installed in the residence in 2002. The existence of this bunker was confirmed by Vice President Joe Biden in 2009.