In a historic 51-50 vote, Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the next education secretary. Initially, the Senate was evenly divided over the pick and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote late Tuesday Afternoon.
DeVos was sworn into office by Pence shortly after 6 p.m. ET. Pence said his confirmation vote for DeVos was “the easiest vote I ever cast.”
DeVos’ performance in her confirmation hearing was lackluster. She suggested that a school in Wyoming should have guns on premises to protect against grizzly bears. Even with her lack of experience with public schools, she has still been confirmed thanks to the Republicans.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer voiced his displeasure with the vote moments after she was confirmed, tweeting, “Today @VP Mike Pence did something no one else has ever done: cast the tie breaking vote on his own cabinet nominee.”