WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - The United States Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the new education secretary with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the 50-50 tie.
Two Republican senators joined forces with Democrats in an effort to stop DeVos from receiving the confirmation, only to leave the vote split down the middle. However, those Republicans were not from the Mid-South. Senators from Mississippi and Tennessee went along party lines and voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nomination for education secretary.
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) voiced his support for DeVos and said he was able to meet with her.
The executive director of The Mississippi Professional Educators said many members do not agree with Senator Cochran and are saying DeVos is a disappointing and unqualified choice.
But, Cochran wasn't the only Mid-South congressman to throw support to DeVos.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released a statement saying he believed DeVos would correct some of the things that need to be addressed and fixed.
Cochran and Alexander were joined by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) in their support for DeVos.
Corker said he has known DeVos for many years and that she has a heart for students as well as ideas for reform.