Margaret Spellings

Born:November 30, 1957 (age 66)
Career:U.S. secretary of education, 2005-2009
White House domestic policy advisor, 2001-2005
Education:B.A., University of Houston

Margaret Spellings served as U.S. secretary of education from 2005-2009. As a member of the president's cabinet, she led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Spellings was born on November 30, 1957, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in political sciences at the University of Houston in 1979.

Prior to her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor George W. Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and served in positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature. Before being confirmed as U.S. secretary of education, Spelling served as White House domestic policy advisor from 2001 -2005.

After leaving her role as secretary of education, Spellings founded Margaret Spellings & Company, an education consulting firm, and has served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, president of the University of North Carolina, CEO and president of Texas 2036, and president and CEO of the Bipartisan Policy Center.


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