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February 7, 2023 all-day
Michigan native Betsy Devos is now the U.S. Secretary of Education after being confirmed by the tightest vote for a presidential cabinet nominee in U.S. Senate history — 51 to 50. Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.
This was the first time in U.S. history that a Cabinet nominee’s confirmation was decided by the vice president’s tiebreaking vote
As expected, the approval drew commendation from Republicans and school choice groups and condemnation from Democrats and progressives.