03.01.21

Senate Confirms Dr. Miguel Cardona to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

Today, the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis of 64-33 to confirm Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary for the U.S Department of Education.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported Dr. Cardona’s nomination before the Senate HELP Committee earlier this month, applauded the Senate’s confirmation of this critical role.

“School closures across the nation have left many students stuck at home, disconnected from their peers and struggling under significant learning loss,” said Senator Burr. “Dr. Cardona has committed to following the science, and has agreed to prioritize bringing students back to the classroom quickly and safely. Dr. Cardona brings with him the background, qualifications, and temperament needed to serve in this position at a very challenging time. I’m glad to be able to support his nomination today, and I look forward to working with him on these important initiatives.”

On February 26, 2021, Senator Burr delivered floor remarks expressing his support of Dr. Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education. 

Dr. Cardona testified before the Senate HELP Committee on February 3, 2021, and was confirmed by the Committee by a vote of 17-5 on February 11, 2021.