pro tempore

pro tem·​po·​re | \ prō-ˈtem-pə-rē How to pronounce pro tempore (audio) \

Definition of pro tempore

: for the time being

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Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, a fellow Democrat, said in a statement. Washington Post, "California governor proposes safety steps for utilities," 21 June 2019 Such a maneuver would likely require the support of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins. Dustin Gardiner,, "PG&E CEO asks lawmakers to approve $20 billion debt plan," 21 Aug. 2019 Peterson is a Republican from Washington Court House and Senate pro tempore. 1. Laura Hancock,, "Ohio budget negotiations resume after break: Capitol Letter," 8 July 2019 John Burton is a former representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and former president pro tempore of the California Senate. John Burton, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How legislation would help California’s homeless youth," 30 June 2019 Also defeated in the primary were East Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, Senate president pro tempore, in the 45th District and Sen. Barbara A. Robinson from the central 40th District. Michael Dresser,, "Mary Washington claims victory in Maryland Senate race against Joan Carter Conway," 6 July 2018 The disparity in Indiana is more exaggerated in leadership roles in the General Assembly: no woman has ever been the speaker of the House or the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "More women fighting for 'seat at the table' in Indiana General Assembly primaries," 29 Mar. 2018 De León has served in the legislature since 2006, and was sworn in as Senate president pro tempore in 2014, the first Latino to hold that title in more than a hundred and thirty years. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Inside California’s War on Trump," 19 Mar. 2018 Fairfax bounced, and Sen. Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford), the Senate pro tempore, moved into Fairfax’s place. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Sorry, Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Doesn’t Want to Hear You Wax Poetic About Confederate ‘Heroes’," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pro tempore

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pro tempore

Middle English, from Latin

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pro tempore

adverb or adjective
pro tem·​po·​re | \ prō-ˈtem-pə-rē, -pō-ˌrā\

Legal Definition of pro tempore

: 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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to make a temporary encampment

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