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Kevin Huffman
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Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Former officeholder
In office
April 2011 - November 2014
Base salary$211,408
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 2011
Appointed byGovernor of Tennessee
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College (1992)
J.D.New York University School of Law (1998)
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Kevin Huffman is the former Tennessee Commissioner of Education. He was first appointed to the position in April 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam.[1] Huffman submitted his resignation to Haslam in November 2014, giving way to Candice McQueen in January 2015.[2]


Huffman spent nearly two decades working with public education systems as a teacher, lawyer, non-profit executive and non-profit board member.[1] Huffman began his education career as a first and second grade bilingual teacher in the Houston Independent School District, teaching students in English and Spanish.[1]


  • B.A., English literature, Swarthmore College (1992)
  • J.D., New York University School of Law (1998)[1]

Political career

Tennessee Commissioner of Education (2011-2014)

Huffman was appointed to the position in April 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam.[1] He served until his resignation in November 2014.[2]



Huffman was appointed as the Tennessee Commissioner of Education in April 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam.[1]


Huffman has two children with his ex-wife, Michelle Rhee. Rhee, the former Washington D.C. schools chancellor, is the founder of StudentsFirst, a non-profit focused on education reform.[3]

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Preceded by
Tennessee Commissioner of Education
Succeeded by
Candice McQueen