pro tempore


pro tem·​po·​re prō-ˈtem-pə-rē How to pronounce pro tempore (audio)
: for the time being

Examples of pro tempore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several people present at internal meetings told me that Johnson had brought up convoluted arguments about the constitutional role of the Senate president pro tempore to object—regretfully—that empowering an interim Speaker would be unconstitutional. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 The House was set to grant Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), the speaker pro tempore, expanded powers to bring legislation to the floor in light of the deteriorating situation in Israel and Gaza and the approaching funding deadline. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2023 Atkins, the Democratic state senator from San Diego and current president pro tempore of the Legislature’s upper house, has proved capable of that in past campaigns, but on a much smaller scale. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2024 On the Senate side, Black women will also hold top positions — with Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) as both president pro tempore and chairwoman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee and Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears (R) continuing to preside over daily sessions. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 The Arkansas Transparency Commission would consist of five members, three appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court and one each appointed by the Senate president pro tempore and the speaker of the House. Neal Earley,, 10 Dec. 2023 Here's how Western Pennsylvania members of Congress voted on ousting McCarthy as speaker Who is Patrick McHenry, the new speaker pro tempore? Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 His recommendation is the man currently serving as speaker pro tempore, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina. WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 Here are the first six in line: Vice President (Kamala Harris), Speaker of the House (Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana), Senate pro tempore (Sen. Patty Murray of Washington), Secretary of State (Antony Blinken), Secretary of Treasury (Janet Yellen), Defense Secretary (Lloyd Austin). Caroline Linton, CBS News, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pro tempore was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pro tempore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pro tempore

pro tem·​po·​re prō-ˈtem-pə-rē How to pronounce pro tempore (audio)
: for the present
president pro tempore

Legal Definition

pro tempore

adverb or adjective
pro tem·​po·​re
prō-ˈtem-pə-rē, -pō-ˌrā
: for the time being : chosen or appointed to occupy a position either temporarily or in the absence of a regularly elected official
an administrator pro tempore


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