SAN FRANCISCO (CHRON) – The consequences of brutal beating of Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, raises questions about how the speaker herself is protected.

Speaker Pelosi was not at her home in San Francisco at the time of the attack on her husband; if she was, she would have a United States Capitol Police detail.

The Speaker, despite being second in line for the presidency, does not receive Secret Service protection.

So who does it?

According to his websiteUS Secret Service protects:

  • The president
  • The vice president
  • The newly elected president
  • The newly elected vice president
  • Former presidents
  • The spouses of former presidents, unless they marry someone else
  • Children of former presidents up to the age of 16
  • Visiting foreign heads of state or government and their spouses traveling with them to the U.S. and other “distinguished foreign visitors” to the U.S.
  • Major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within 120 days of the presidential election
  • Persons protected by executive order
  • “Special National Security Events”

The Secret Service, originally part of the U.S. Treasury Department when it was founded in 1865, also investigates financial crimes, such as counterfeiting currency, forging or stealing Treasury checks, bonds, and other securities, as well as credit, telecommunications, computer and identity fraud affecting federal financial institutions.

The Secret Service has been under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Homeland Security since 2003.