Blog

Your Education Road Map

Politics K-12®

ESSA. Congress. State chiefs. School spending. Elections. Education Week reporters keep watch on education policy and politics in the nation’s capital and in the states.

Education

Obama Taps Horwich to Head Up Edu-Congressional Affairs

By Alyson Klein — May 11, 2015 1 min read

President Barack Obama has nominated Julius Lloyd Horwich, currently the deputy assistant secretary for legislative and congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, to serve as assistant secretary for that office. This wouldn’t be an entirely new role. Horwich has been acting in the position for quite some time.

The department, like other agencies, is going through a host of personnel changes as the Obama administration draws to a close, but Horwich is one of the few top aides who has been around since 2009, the president’s first year in office. He started as deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. And he’s a familiar figure to anyone who has ever attended a congressional hearing on education.

Before coming to the department, Horwich worked on Capitol Hill, serving as education counsel and policy advisor to Democrats on the House panel overseeing K-12 education, from 2004 to 2009. And he was the director of federal relations for the University of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2004. He also worked on education policy as a U.S. Senate aide.

Congress is typically slow to confirm executive branch appointments, and some say lawmakers have been particularly sluggish when it comes to Obama appointees, so it’s unclear if Horwich will ever get the official assistant secretary title. But either way, he’ll have a busy year as lawmakers work towards rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act and the Higher Education Act.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Recruitment & Retention Webinar
Recruiting and Retaining a More Diverse Teaching Workforce
We discuss the importance of workforce diversity and learn strategies to recruit and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds.
Content provided by EdWeek Top School Jobs
Student Well-Being Webinar Boosting Teacher and Student Motivation During the Pandemic: What It Takes
Join Alyson Klein and her expert guests for practical tips and discussion on how to keep students and teachers motivated as the pandemic drags on.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
A Holistic Approach to Social-Emotional Learning
Register to learn about the components and benefits of holistically implemented SEL.
Content provided by Committee for Children

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Principal
Meredith, New Hampshire
Inter-Lakes School District
Elementary Principal
Washington State
Wenatchee School District
Principal
Meredith, New Hampshire
Inter-Lakes School District
Elementary Principal
Washington State
Wenatchee School District

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: February 3, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 20, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 13, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read