Carlos Muñiz, the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis. That means, of course, that he’ll be leaving the department.
Muñiz, who was a senior vice president at the consulting firm McGuire Woods before joining the department, was also previously the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general and a Trump ally.
Before that, he was deputy general counsel under former Florida governor Jeb Bush. DeVos used to serve on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a research and advocacy organization Bush started. She’s hired a few staffers with ties to the foundation or to Bush, including Frank Brogan, the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, who served as Bush’s lieutenant governor.
DeVos congratulated Muñiz on Twitter.
I am so pleased to congratulate our own Carlos Muñiz on his well-earned appointment to FL’s Supreme Court. Carlos has been a reliable friend of America’s students by implementing the law as it is written & providing trusted, principled counsel for @usedgov. https://t.co/eyJVh7IzTD
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) January 22, 2019
Muñiz was nominated for his post back in April 2017 and confirmed by the Senate about a year later.
Trump will now have to nominate another general counsel for the department, and that person will need to go through Senate confirmation.
Image: Screen capture of Muniz from his September 2017 confirmation hearing before the Senate education committee