US Marshals Service providing security for DeVos

US Marshals Service providing security for DeVos
© Greg Nash

The new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being guarded by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The unusual step comes after a group of protesters prevented DeVos from entering a public middle school in Washington, D.C., last week after a contentious battle in the Senate over her confirmation.

Typically, the Education secretary would be protected by a team of civil servants, not law enforcement personnel.


Marshals Service spokesperson Lynzey Donahue told the Post that the last Cabinet position to be protected by the marshals was the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. That post, however, has not been a Cabinet-level position since 2009.

Donahue did not specify how many marshals were allocated for the protection of DeVos or for how long the security protocol will last.

The Senate earlier this month confirmed DeVos after Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence: It's not a 'foregone conclusion' that lawmakers impeach Trump Pence's office questions Schiff's request to declassify more material from official's testimony: report The House Judiciary Committee's fundamental choice MORE cast a tie-breaking vote for her. Two Republican senators joined all Democrats and Independents in opposing her, creating a 50-50 tie before Pence stepped in.

It was the first time ever that a vice president was needed to break a tie on a Cabinet confirmation. Democrats held an all-night protest before DeVos's confirmation vote, and progressive groups led campaigns to call senators to urge them to oppose her.