WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. The Senate confirmed DeVos by a vote of 51–50, with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote in her favor.
“Throughout her 30-year career as an education reform advocate and as the chairman for the American Federation for Children, Betsy DeVos has fought to give parents the ability to choose a better school for their children. I am confident she will use her authority as secretary of education to give state and local governments more control over education policy,” Inhofe said. “This is the kind of reform that DeVos has long fought for in order to give parents of all students—including low-income, minority and special needs children—access to high-quality education. I look forward to working with her to bring education authority back to the states.”