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Lauro F. Cavazos, Jr.
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4th United States Secretary of Education
In office
September 20, 1988 – December 12, 1990
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by William Bennett
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander
Personal details
Born (1927-01-04)January 4, 1927
Kingsville, Texas, U.S.
Died March 15, 2022(2022-03-15) (aged 95)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Peggy Ann Cavazos (née Murdock)
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Iowa State University
Profession Educator

Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (January 4, 1927 – March 15, 2022) was an American politician. He served as Secretary of Education from 1988 to 1990. He was the first Hispanic to serve in the United States Cabinet.

Cavazos was born in Kingsville, Texas. He was of Mexican descent. Cavazos died on March 15, 2022 in Concord, Massachusetts at the age of 95.

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