pro tem

\ (ˌ)prō-ˈtem How to pronounce pro tem (audio) \

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Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, was previously sworn in as Senate president pro tem during a March 21 ceremony on the Senate floor. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "California voters say education is a top priority as the governor's race unfolds," 13 Apr. 2018 Democrat Dwaine Caraway, Dallas city council member and mayor pro tem, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, as well as tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced in a news release. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Top Dallas Democrat resigns in disgrace, admits taking more than $450G in lavish bribes," 9 Aug. 2018 His role as president pro tem became an issue in 1976 when longtime Mayor Richard J. Daley died. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Wilson Frost, 'giant' of Chicago City Council and prominent African-American politician, dies," 6 May 2018 Media: Wibbitz Anna Louise Emmons, one of the three pro tem prosecutors assigned to the Irsan's case, pushed back against claims of a conflict. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Defense lawyers allege financial conflicts as prosecutors seek death penalty in honor killing case," 14 May 2018 Clayton has been chief judge pro tem since July 2016, succeeding Judge Joy Kramer. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Denise Clayton named Kentucky Court of Appeals' first black chief judge," 20 June 2018 Mueller, the mayor pro tem, says there will be a need for services such as new schools and fire stations, as well as transit improvements that will support the influx of workers that would come with an enormous Facebook expansion. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Facebook is outgrowing its hometown. Where will it go next?," 26 May 2018 Dowdle later in the meeting also was named mayor pro tem. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Two new members join Katy City Council after election," 18 May 2018 Council appointments and motions Ward 1 Councilman Mike Abella, Jr. was appointed vice mayor of council for 2018 and Ward 3 Councilman Joe Salzgeber was named vice mayor pro tem. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Brunswick Council approves new ambulance purchase," 9 Jan. 2018

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1777, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pro tem

formal : for the present time but not permanently

Legal Definition of pro tem

: pro tempore often styled with a terminal period in legal contexts Justice pro tem.

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the range of authority or knowledge

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