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:
On the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education pic.twitter.com/TyJDrcTQqv
— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) November 23, 2016
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, also an education committee member:
Good to see school choice/reform advocate @BetsyDeVos nominated for Secretary of Education. Looking forward to working with her
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 23, 2016
House Education Committee member Tim Walberg of Michigan, also DeVos’s home state (here’s his longer statement):
.@BetsyDeVos is a tireless champion of children and a worthy selection to serve as Secretary of Education. https://t.co/nSjq8EBvED
— Rep Tim Walberg (@RepWalberg) November 23, 2016
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, one of the leading libertarians in the House (full statement):
Congratulations to #MI03's @BetsyDeVos on her nomination as secretary of education. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/yghlxZXC5e
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) November 23, 2016
Sen. Pat Toomey, who just won re-election in Pennsylvania:
Champion of school choice @BetsyDeVos. Great pick by @realDonaldTrump for education secretary. Look forward to working with her.
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 23, 2016
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin:
Congrats to my friend Betsy DeVos on being the next Secretary of Education. #ITrustParents pic.twitter.com/GapCYfxtcP
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) November 23, 2016
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
.@BetsyDeVos has been a champion of education reform for decades and is a fantastic choice to lead the Department of Education.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) November 23, 2016
Former House Speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich:
Betsy DeVos will be great Secretary of Education.her passion for every child having a good education is proven by years of work in Michigan
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 23, 2016
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:
Betsy Devos good choice for Ed Sec;hope her mission is turn out the lights;return power and control to states. Let DOE be Best Practices Ofc
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 23, 2016
Editor’s Note: This post has been amended to include a disclosure.
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