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Biden HHS Pick Would Be First Confirmed Transgender Nominee (1)

Jan. 19, 2021, 5:12 PM

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to a senior role at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would make her the first openly transgender person to hold a Senate-confirmed position.

Rachel Levine
Source: Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr

Levine sometimes clashed with the Trump administration during the Covid-19 response as leader of a group of state health officers. If confirmed, she’ll take over the role of Assistant Secretary of Health currently held by Admiral Brett Giroir, who led coronavirus testing efforts under Trump.

It’s unclear whether Levine would have a similar portfolio in the Biden administration. A spokesman for the...

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