March 1, 2021
The Senate on Monday approved Miguel Cardona, a longtime advocate for disadvantaged students and the former Connecticut K-12 schools chief, to serve as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Education.
Cardona sailed through the confirmation process in contrast to his predecessor, Betsy DeVos, with a final vote of 64 to 33.
Other recent appointees show the department’s leadership team taking shape. James Kvaal, an Obama administration official, was nominated for the top position overseeing higher education.