John King Jr.

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John King Jr.
10th United States Secretary of Education
In office
March 14, 2016 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJames Cole Jr. (acting)
Preceded byArne Duncan
Succeeded byBetsy DeVos
United States Deputy Secretary of Education
In office
January 4, 2015 – March 14, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJames H. Shelton
Succeeded byMick Zais
Education Commissioner of New York
In office
June 15, 2011 – January 4, 2015
Preceded byDavid Steiner
Succeeded byMaryEllen Elia
Personal details
Born (1975-01-05) January 5, 1975 (age 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Melissa Steel
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Columbia University (MEd, EdD)
Yale University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

John B. King Jr. (born January 5, 1975) is an American politician. He was the Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education from 2016 to 2017.[1] Before, he served as its Acting Deputy Secretary,[2][3] and from 2011 to 2014 he was the New York State Education Commissioner.[4]

The former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan,[5][6] was given the job of putting into effect the No Child Left Behind Act. However, King is required to put into effect the law that replaces that law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.[7]

In April 2021, King announced that he would be running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maryland in the 2022 election.[8] He lost the Democratic nomination in July 2022.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "John B. King, Jr., Acting Secretary of Education—Biography". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. "NY Education Commissioner John King to Join Education Department as Senior Advisor | U.S. Department of Education". Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  3. Camera, Lauren (October 5, 2015). "5 Things to Know About the New Education Secretary; Arne Duncan's replacement has gone to battle with teachers unions, and they're not happy about his promotion". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  4. Taylor, Kate (10 December 2014). "New York State Education Commissioner to Leave for Federal Post". New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. Harris, Gardiner; Rich, Motoko (2 October 2015), "Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, to Step Down in December", The New York Times, retrieved 5 January 2016
  6. Skiba, Katherine (2 October 2015). "Arne Duncan stepping down, returning to Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. Scott, Amy (4 January 2016). "What to expect from new education chief John King". Marketplace. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. Stole, Bryn (April 20, 2021). "John King Jr., former Obama education secretary, enters race for governor of Maryland". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  9. Bowman, Bridget (July 22, 2022). "Wes Moore wins Democratic primary for Maryland governor". NBC News. Retrieved July 22, 2022.