United States Secretary of Education
head of the United States Department of Education
The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet, and 16th in line of United States presidential line of succession. The United States Secretary of Education deals with Education.
|United States Secretary of Education|
since March 1, 2021
|United States Department of Education|
|Reports to||President of the United States|
|Seat||Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, Washington, D.C.|
|Appointer||President of the United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Constituting instrument||20 U.S.C. § 3411|
|Formation||November 30, 1979|
|First holder||Shirley Hufstedler|
|Deputy||Deputy Secretary of Education|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, Level I|
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Education as a cabinet-level agency. Previously, Education had been handled by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, henceforth known as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
|No.||Portrait||Name||State of residence||Took office||Left office||President|
|1||Shirley Hufstedler||California||November 30, 1979||January 20, 1981||Jimmy Carter|
|2||Terrel Bell||Utah||January 22, 1981||January 20, 1985||Ronald Reagan|
|William Bennett||North Carolina||February 6, 1985||September 20, 1988|
|4||Lauro Cavazos||Texas||September 20, 1988||December 12, 1990|
|George H. W. Bush|
|Illinois||December 12, 1990||March 22, 1991|
|5||Lamar Alexander||Tennessee||March 22, 1991||January 20, 1993|
|6||Richard Riley||South Carolina||January 21, 1993||January 20, 2001||Bill Clinton|
|7||Rod Paige||Texas||January 20, 2001||January 20, 2005||George W. Bush|
|8||Margaret Spellings||January 20, 2005||January 20, 2009|
|9||Arne Duncan||Illinois||January 21, 2009||January 1, 2016||Barack Obama|
|10||John King Jr.||New York||January 1, 2016||March 14, 2016|
|March 14, 2016||January 20, 2017|
|Virginia||January 20, 2017||February 7, 2017||Donald Trump|
|11||Betsy DeVos||Michigan||February 7, 2017||January 8, 2021|
|South Carolina||January 8, 2021||January 20, 2021|
|Virginia||January 20, 2021||March 1, 2021||Joe Biden|
|12||Miguel Cardona||Connecticut||March 1, 2021||Incumbent|
- ↑ "3 U.S. Code § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act".
- ↑ "The Education Secretaries Miguel Cardona Would Follow". Education Writers Association. Archived from the original on 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Eilperin, Juliet; Layton, Lyndsey; Brown, Emma (October 2, 2015). "U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down at end of year". Washington Post. Retrieved November 23, 2016.