WASHINGTON, D.C. — Meriden resident Miguel Cardona is set to become the nation’s next Secretary of Education, following a 64 to 33 vote in the U.S. Senate Monday.
Democratric senators Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, both of whom cast votes in the affirmative, spoke in support of Cardona’s confirmation prior to the roll call tally.
“Miguel Cardona is the right person to meet this moment,” Murphy said, moments before the vote. Murphy described Cardona as “a passionate advocate” for students, educators and parents alike.
Blumenthal’s remarks were similar, saying Cardona has “consistently reconfirmed his commitment to students parents and teachers — because they are the core of our educational system.” Blumenthal described a commitment especially for students at risk of being left behind.
Monday’s confirmation vote followed another vote the week before to advance Cardona’s nomination. In that vote, the Senate, by a 66 to 32 margin, invoked cloture, a procedural step that ends a debate without also ending or rejecting a matter being debated. Invoking cloture requires at least 60 votes.
Cardona, the current commissioner of education in Connecticut, previously served as an assistant superintendent for the Meriden Public Schools.
Prior to that appointment, Cardona had been principal of Hanover Elementary School. He assumed that role at the age of 28, at the time becoming the youngest principal in the state.