President-elect Joe Biden at this time introduced the groundbreaking nomination of Pennsylvania Secretary of Well being Dr. Rachel Levine to be the US Assistant Secretary of Well being.
Levine is the primary transgender particular person nominated to a Senate-confirmable place, and if confirmed, she would be the highest transgender official within the US authorities.
“President-elect Biden mentioned all through his marketing campaign that his administration would symbolize America. Immediately, he made clear that transgender persons are an vital a part of our nation,” mentioned Mara Keisling, the manager director of the Nationwide Middle for Transgender Equality. “President-elect Biden, like he has accomplished all through his time in public service, helps to interrupt down obstacles.”
In response to the US Division of Well being and Human Companies, the Workplace of the Assistant Secretary of Well being (OASH) oversees the division’s key public well being places of work and applications, numerous presidential and secretarial advisory committees, 10 regional well being places of work throughout the nation, and the Workplace of the Surgeon Basic and the U.S. Public Well being Service Commissioned Corps.
Dr. Levine is the present Pennsylvania Secretary of Well being. (2018-present). She is presently the highest-ranking appointed trans official in the US. She was beforehand the Doctor Basic of Pennsylvania (2015-2017). She was unanimously confirmed each occasions by the Republican managed State Senate.
“I wish to congratulate my good pal Dr. Levine on her nomination. She has demonstrated her dedication to public service and is extremely expert. She has earned the possibility to serve our nation on the highest ranges,” Keisling mentioned. “We stay up for extra transgender and non-binary People being appointed within the new Biden administration.”