Alexander: Senate Confirms Education Department Counsel After 6 Months of Democrat Delays

Posted on April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today after the Senate confirmed Carlos Muñiz as Education Department General Counsel that it was “unfortunate” Democrats delayed confirmation of a nominee as well-qualified as Muñiz for 6 months.

“As we learned at his confirmation hearing in September, Carlos Muñiz is a well-qualified nominee for the important position of General Counsel at the Department of Education—where he will provide critical counsel to the Secretary and agency staff on all of the Department’s efforts,” Alexander said. “It is unfortunate that Senate Democrats would not allow a nominee with these qualifications to receive a vote sooner when there are so many pressing issues facing the Department.”

Mr. Muñiz has served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Florida and Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, where he managed a 400-lawyer agency and oversaw all functions, including litigation, policy development, legislative affairs, and communications. He was General Counsel for Florida’s Department of Financial Services and Deputy General Counsel for Governor Jeb Bush. Mr. Muñiz graduated from the University of Virginia with high honors and earned his law degree from Yale, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he served as a law clerk to two federal judges—one on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the other on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

As Chairman of the Senate’s education committee, Alexander chaired a hearing on Mr. Muñiz’s nomination on September 19, 2017, 211 days ago, and the committee reported him out favorably on October 18, 2017, 182 days ago.