Sen. Paul named to Senate Education Committee

Education Week reports that Sen. Rand Paul (who didn’t want to be vested with senatorial rule-making power, who wants to eliminate the Department of Education and who generally abhors the idea of workplace safety regulations strangling the neck of the free market) has been put in charge of the senate’s Education committee, which also oversees workplace safety regulations, in a move that is at once hilarious and frightening.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., aka Mr. Let’s-Ditch-the-Department-of-Education, got a seat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Paul is also a member of the Senate’s new tea party caucus.

Paul’s appointment, obviously, isn’t curtains for 400 Maryland Ave. But Paul is going to be a tough customer who probably won’t rush to sign off on the administration’s ideas for ESEA renewal.

The committee still has a number of GOP moderates though, including new member Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.