DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary; McCain, Flake Voted In Her Favor

By Carrie Jung
Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:41pm

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education. U.S. Sen. John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona both voted in favor of her appointment.

DeVos’ confirmation vote was close. It split the Senate 50/50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote to break the tie.

Two Republican senators from Maine and Alaska broke with party lines and voted against her. Nay voters argued DeVos was unqualified because she has never attended or worked in a public school. They also disagree with her strong support of expanding school choice programs.

Both McCain and Flake voted in favor of her confirmation. In a written statement, Flake said he looked forward to “working with DeVos to roll back the federal government’s reach into education.”