Miguel Cardona

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Miguel Cardona
12th United States Secretary of Education
Assumed office
March 2, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyCindy Marten
Preceded byBetsy DeVos
Education Commissioner of Connecticut
In office
August 8, 2019 – March 1, 2021
GovernorNed Lamont
Preceded byDianna Wentzell
Succeeded byCharlene Russell-Tucker
Personal details
Miguel Angel Cardona

(1975-07-11) July 11, 1975 (age 48)
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Marissa Pérez (m. 2002)
EducationCentral Connecticut State University (BS)
University of Connecticut (MS, SYC, EdD)

Miguel Angel Cardona (born July 11, 1975) is an American educator. Cardona is the 12th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2021. He was the Connecticut Commissioner of Education from 2019 until 2021.

On December 22, 2020 President Joe Biden nominated Cardona to be the United States Secretary of Education in his cabinet.[1] He was confirmed by a vote of 64-33 on March 1, 2021.[2] He was sworn-in the next day.[3]

Cardona is from Meriden, Connecticut. He began his career as a fourth-grade teacher at Israel Putnam Elementary School in Meriden. In 2003, at the age of 27, he was named principal of Hanover School, also in Meriden, making him the youngest principal in the state.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Meet Joe Biden's Cabinet picks". PBS NewsHour. 2021-01-20. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. "Senate Confirms Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education".
  3. Tucker, Cory (March 1, 2021). "Lifelong Educator, Miguel Cardona, Confirmed As Education Secretary". National Public Radio. Retrieved March 1, 2021. Cardona is expected to be sworn in Tuesday.
  4. Makwana, Rachel R. (May 22, 2003). "New principal is popular pick". Record-Journal. pp. 1, 4. Retrieved December 16, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. Megan, Kathleen (August 21, 2019). "The state's new education commissioner: collaborator, listener, hard worker". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved December 16, 2020.