Senate Unanimously Confirms Cavazos as Education Secretary
The Senate today unanimously confirmed Lauro F. Cavazos as education secretary by a vote of 94 to 0, making him the first Latino to serve in a Cabinet post.
Cavazos, 61, is on leave of absence as president of Texas Tech University. He replaces William J. Bennett.
Cavazos’ term will last only four months, when President Reagan’s term ends Jan. 20.
“It is readily apparent that Lauro Cavazos knows a great deal about American education and that he has the perspective to be a superb secretary of education,” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, said before the vote.
Vice President George Bush, the Republican presidential candidate, and Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, the Democratic contender, have both promised to name a Latino to their Cabinet if they win the November election.