HARTFORD—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Tuesday issued the following statement following the announcement that President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education:

“Joe Biden hit a home run. My friend Miguel Cardona is everything you would want in a Secretary of Education. He’s a great teacher, a fighter for educational equity, and a consensus builder. These values will be essential to solving the myriad of challenges facing him when he gets to Washington, including helping our schools operate safely as we navigate out of the pandemic, addressing the inequities that have been exacerbated during the pandemic, and undoing Betsy DeVos’s disastrous attacks on public education. But, if there’s anyone who can rise to the occasion, it’s Miguel. I’m looking forward to welcoming him to Washington ahead of his confirmation,” said Murphy.