The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.
The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.
Two Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday to vote to derail DeVos' nomination.
Democrats cited her lack of public school experience and financial interests in organizations pushing charter schools.
DeVos has said she would divest herself from those organizations.