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Secret Service protection in the U.S., who gets it?

Secret Service protection is only offered to certain people, and people want to know who gets it.

This question comes after the beating of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is covered under Secret Service- her husband is not.

How does Secret Service protection work and who gets it?

Nancy was not home at the time her husband was attacked at their San Francisco home. Had she been, she would have been protected by the United States Capitol Police.

This is not the same as Secret Service protection.

According to My Twin Tiers, there is a very specific list of people who can get this sort of protection.

This includes

  • President
  • Vice President
  • President-elect
  • Vice President- elect
  • Former presidents
  • Spouses of former presidents unless they remarry
  • Children of former presidents until they’re 16
  • Visiting foreign heads of state or government and their spouses visiting with them in the U.S.
  • Major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of the election
  • Individuals protected by an executive order
  • National Special Security Events

The agency does more than just protect people

It was originally created under the U.S. Treasury Department in 1865.

They investigate financial crimes like counterfeiting, forgery, theft of Treasury checks, bonds, other security, credit, telecommunications, and identity fraud regarding federal financial institutions.

In 2003 the Secret Service was moved to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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