Tim Kaine's Wife Anne Holton Resigns As Education Secretary To Help Husband's Campaign?By Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
Tim Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, has recently resigned from her post as Virginia's Secretary of Education. Apparently, she will be helping her husband with his campaign.
WTVR.com reported that Holton wants to focus on Tim Kaine's VP campaign as Hillary Clinton's running mate. Her husband was chosen by the Democratic presidential candidate last week.
"Anne has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the students of the Commonwealth and an essential leader in securing historic investments in public education during the most recent General Assembly session," Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told the press in a statement. "During her tenure, Anne has been a constant and powerful voice for students, teachers and schools, and her lifelong dedication to serving Virginia's young people, especially the children at the margins, has had a lasting impact in the Commonwealth."
McAuliffe admitted that, through Holton's leadership, there were "substantial investments in K-12 and higher education, innovative SOL reform, and life-changing work in some of Virginia's most challenged school divisions." Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Dietra Trent will replace Tim Kaine's wife.
The Virginia governor described the upcoming Secretary of Education as "goal-oriented and a natural problem-solver." Dr. Trent has served as deputy since 2014. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Education during Governor Tim Kaine's administration.
According to the Washington Post, Tim Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, was enlisted by McAuliffe two years ago. She is known for her advocacy for foster youth. She also served as a juvenile court judge previously.
"Anne Holton's lifetime of experience with Virginia's public schools, her public service on behalf of Virginia's students and her passion for creating opportunity for all of our kids make her the best choice to be the secretary of education in the commonwealth of Virginia," the governor said at the time.
Tim Kaine has shared his plans to make college "debt-free" for everybody. He also previously said that he wants to adjust K-12 education and have children start at the early age of 4. This would result to students finishing at 17 years old, which could bring about more educational improvements.