Mar 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Education Secretary Cardona is designated survivor for State of the Union

 U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks on the 59th commemoration of the Bloody Sunday Selma bridge crossing on March 3, 2024 in Selma, Alabama.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in Selma, Alabama, earlier this month. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was appointed designated survivor for President Biden's third State of the Union address on Thursday.

The big picture: A cabinet member is named designated survivor and kept away from the speech location every year in case of an attack on the SOTU site that incapacitates a president and other officials in the line of succession.

Flashback: Labour Secretary Marty Walsh was named designated survivor last year.

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