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Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr.

Official photograph of Cavazos

In office
September 20, 1988 – December 12, 1990
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by William Bennett
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander

Born January 4, 1927 (1927-01-04) (age 83)
Kingsville, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Peggy Ann Cavazos (née Murdock)
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Iowa State University
Profession Educator

Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (b. January 4, 1927, Kingsville, Texas) is a U.S. educator. He served as Secretary of Education, and was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet.

He was born on the King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas, where his father served as foreman of the showcase Santa Gertrudis Division. He was the son of Lauro F. Cavazos Sr. and Tomasa Quintanilla Cavazos. Through his maternal ancestry, he is a descendant of Texas Revolution heroine Francisca Alvarez, the "Angel of Goliad".

He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in physiology from Iowa State University. While in college, he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Following a stint on the faculties of Tufts University and the Medical College of Virginia. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine. From 1980 to 1988, he served as President of Texas Tech University. He was both the first alumnus and the first Hispanic to serve as Texas Tech President.

A Democrat, Cavazos served as Secretary of Education from August, 1988 to December, 1990 during the Republican Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. He was forced to resign amid an investigation into improper use of frequent flyer miles in December 1990.

Following his resignation, he returned to the faculty of Tufts University where he is currently Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine. He is married to Peggy Ann Cavazos (née Murdock). They have ten children, and currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the brother of U.S. Army General Richard E. Cavazos.


Political offices
Preceded by
William J. Bennett
United States Secretary of Education
September 20, 1988 – December 12, 1990
Succeeded by
Lamar Alexander
Academic offices
Preceded by
M. Cecil Mackey
President of Texas Tech University
1980 – 1988
Succeeded by
Robert W. Lawless


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