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As DeVos Confirmation Hearing Looms, Here’s How They Went for Past Nominees

Based on reactions from Senate Democrats and others in the education community, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is likely to face some heat when her confirmation hearing takes place Jan. 17 before the Senate education committee. But how will she fare compared with previous nominees who have gone under the microscope?

First, here are a couple of general questions about Devos’ hearing:

Will Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the committee chairman, allow multiple rounds of questions, or will he keep things pretty snappy? Part of the answer may depend on the tone of the hearing.

How many questions will focus strictly on DeVos’ policy positions? And how many questions will deal with her background as a big GOP political donor and her connections to political causes and candidates?

Below is a look back at the experience of five past nominees for education secretary. All of them were eventually confirmed by the full Senate.