Alexander: Senate Confirms Experienced Education and Labor Nominees Approved by Senate HELP Committee

Posted on December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2017 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, released the following statements on the Senate’s confirmation last night of President Trump’s nominees to serve in the administration:

On Johnny Collett to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Education Department, Alexander said: “Mr. Collett, who has served as a special education teacher and as Director of the Division of Learning Services at the Kentucky Department of Education, is uniquely qualified to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and I congratulate him on being confirmed by the Senate.”

On Kate O’Scannlain to serve as Solicitor, Department of Labor, Alexander said: “I look forward to working with Ms. O’Scannlain to ensure there is a clear understanding of what is law and what is guidance. I congratulate Ms. O’Scannlain on her confirmation by the Senate.”

On Preston Rutledge to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Alexander said: “Mr. Rutledge will have the important job of protecting hard-working Americans who participate in employee pension and welfare benefit plans, and I look forward to working with him.

The Senate also confirmed Katherine Brunett McGuire as assistant secretary of Labor for congressional and intergovernmental affairs, and Douglas Webster as the Department of Education's chief financial officer.