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Republican lawmakers cheer Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he would nominate conservative philanthropist and charter-school advocate Betsy DeVos (disclosure) as his secretary of education, and the praise quickly rolled in from Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.

Here’s a sampling of their responses on Twitter.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chair of the education committee and critic of the Obama administration’s allegedly illegal rulemakings in education policy:

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, also an education committee member:

House Education Committee member Tim Walberg of Michigan, also DeVos’s home state (here’s his longer statement):

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, one of the leading libertarians in the House (full statement):

Sen. Pat Toomey, who just won re-election in Pennsylvania:

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin:

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

Former House Speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

Editor’s Note: This post has been amended to include a disclosure. 

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