|United States Secretary of Education|
|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|
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.
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.
Chronological list[change | change source]
|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|
References[change | change source]
- "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.
- 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.