Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander was under fire for slamming Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Democrats believed they were not given ample time to question DeVos. The hearing was in relation to Donald Trump’s appointment of DeVos as the education secretary.
Lamar Alexander: Background
Alexander graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Latin American History. He worked as the editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler, the main student newspaper on campus. Alexander obtained his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, in 1965.
Alexander is the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He is also a Republican Senator from Tennessee. He has been serving since, January 7, 2003.
While a member of the Republican party, Alexander earlier been the conference chairman of the the party in the US Senate from 2007 to 2012. He was a moderate Republican and his candidacy was rigorously attacked by conservatives.
In total, Alexander headed five committees. These mainly included Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Committee on Appropriations. Others include Committee on Rules and Administration, Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Joint Committee on the Library and Joint Committee on Printing, said Britannica.com.
As cited in Alexander for Senate website, he acted as the chief Republican on the appropriations subcommittee on energy overseeing. The committee was funding for facilities such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In 1996, The New York Times noted that Alexander has stayed most of his political life in Tennessee. He fought the temptation to live in Washington. He stopped himself from becoming a unit at think-tank conferences or just someone in the corridors of Capitol Hill.
Lamar Alexander: Supporting DeVos
Alexander said that he knew DeVos well to inform that she is on the side of their children. He said so at the opening comment of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In addition, he said that DeVos, throughout her life, had tried to help mainly low-income children have access to better schools, Washington Post reported.
“[DeVos] will work tirelessly to ensure every child has access to a high quality education.” Alexander said, reported WMOT. He also stated that critics of DeVos would not get anything. He said that charters schools were accepted by Democrats and Obama embraced it.