President-Elect Biden Nominates Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health

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President-Elect Biden Nominates Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health

Nomination Marks First Transgender Federal Official Slated to Receive Senate Confirmation

19 January 2021 – San Francisco, CA: Dr. Rachel Levine has been nominated by the incoming Biden / Harris administration to be the next assistant secretary of health for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  This appointment would make Levine  the first openly transgender federal official to receive Senate confirmation.

“Team Biden / Harris are quickly showing their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” stated Paul Pendergast, President and founder of BuildOUT California. “Through her work in Pennsylvania during COVID, Dr. Levine has proved that she is, quite simply, the best person for this job .”

Levine has been leading Pennsylvania’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming the public face of the state’s public health response as she has led regular briefings alongside Gov. Tom Wolf. Levine was first appointed as Pennsylvania’s health secretary in 2017, also leading the state’s response to the opioid epidemic during her tenure. The Pennsylvania official was confirmed three times by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature, the Biden transition noted in a statement announcing her nomination, and Levine was the first transgender person appointed to a Cabinet position in Pennsylvania when she became its physician general in 2015.

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