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Trump picks Bush ally Frank Brogan to be assistant secretary of education

Brogan has spent the last four years as chancellor of the Pennsylvania university system

President Donald Trump has named Frank Brogan, one of closest allies of his campaign rival Jeb Bush, to be the assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education.

Brogan, 64, a former Martin County fifth grade teacher and schools superintendent who served as Bush’s lieutenant governor from 1998 to 2002, will be in charge of K-12 policy at the agency that is being reworked by Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Brogan left Florida in 2013 after four years as chancellor of Florida’s university system and moved to Pennsylvania where he served as that state’s university chancellor. He resigned earlier this year amid mounting fiscal and enrollment troubles at that state’s higher education system.

He joins another Bush acolyte, Carlos Muñiz, in the Trump Education Department. Muñiz served as Bush’s deputy general counsel uand has been nominated as Education Department general counsel.

Here’s the text of the Brogan announcement:

December 11, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Frank T. Brogan of Pennsylvania to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education. Mr. Brogan most recently served as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s public universities. He began his career as a fifth grade teacher in Martin County, Florida and later served as a dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent before being elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1994. Mr. Brogan continued his advocacy for public education when elected Lieutenant Governor of Florida in 1998 and 2002. After five years in that role, he was named president of Florida Atlantic University—a position he held until 2009, when he was selected to serve as chancellor of Florida’s public universities. A native of Ohio, Mr. Brogan was the first member of his family to attend college—earning a bachelor’s degree in education magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Courtney, have a 12-year-old son, Colby John.