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Biden Picks Obama Official for Top Education Civil Rights Job

May 13, 2021, 3:16 PM

The White House plans to nominate Catherine Lhamon for the top civil rights post at the Education Department, the same role she held under the Obama administration.

As assistant secretary for civil rights from 2013 to 2017, Lhamon became the face of the agency’s policies on campus sexual misconduct. She also issued guidance in 2016 bolstering protections for transgender students. President Joe Biden on Thursday said he intends to nominate her for the role.

Catherine Lhamon, then the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, addresses a post-midterm election meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Capitol Hill in 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

If confirmed, she would join the Education Department as President Joe Biden’s administration undertakes an overhaul of a Trump-era Title IX sexual misconduct rule, and seeks ...

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