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If he is confirmed by the Senate, Rod Paige will be the seventh U.S. secretary of education. Here are the six people who have held the post so far:

Secretary Tenure in Office President

Shirley M. Hufstedler Dec. 6, 1979-Jan. 20, 1981 Carter

Terrel H. Bell Jan. 23, 1981-Dec. 31, 1984 Reagan

William J. Bennett Feb. 6, 1985-Sept. 20, 1988 Reagan

Lauro F. Cavazos Sept. 20, 1988-Dec. 15, 1990 Reagan, Bush

Lamar Alexander March 18, 1991-Jan. 2, 1993 Bush

Richard W. Riley Jan. 21, 1993-present Clinton

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education.

Vol. 20, Issue 16, Page 37

Published in Print: January 10, 2001, as reax chart
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