On Tuesday, the state Senate confirmed a pair of acting secretaries to lead the Departments of Education and Labor & Industry in Pennsylvania.
PennLive reports that the Senate Labor & Industry Committee “voted to support Berrier’s nomination with a favorable recommendation”, while Ortega’s nomination was advanced out of the Senate Education Committee with “no recommendation.”
State Sens. John DiSanto (R-Dauphin), Chris Dush (R-Jefferson), Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), and Joe Pittman (R-Indiana) voted against confirming Ortega.
DiSanto, Hutchinson, Mastriano, Pittman and Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair) voted against confirming Berrier.
Both Berrier and Ortega had been serving as acting secretaries for their respective departments since late last year.
— PA Department of Education (@PADeptofEd) June 23, 2021
After leaving his position as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, NBC News reported that Rivera was listed as a possible candidate for U.S. Education Secretary. Rivera was not selected to serve as the U.S. Education Secretary, but he was named to the Biden-Harris leadership transition team.
Berrier served as the acting secretary since December 2020 after Sec. Jerry Oleksiak resigned from the position.