Biden announces Rachel Levine as pick for assistant secretary at HHS, would be first transgender Senate-confirmed federal official

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant health secretary, and she would make history as the first out, transgender federal official to be confirmed by the United States Senate, according to a statement Tuesday.

Levine is currently the Pennsylvania health secretary and a pediatrics and psychiatry professor at Penn State College of Medicine. She served as the state’s physician general in 2015 and assistant health secretary in 2017. Levine was confirmed as the state’s health secretary in 2018 under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration.
Per tutta la sua carriera, Levine has written about the opioid crisis, LGBTQ medicine, medicinal marijuana, eating disorders and adolescent medicine. She graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
“Dott. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemicno matter their zip code, gara, religione, orientamento sessuale, identita `di genere, or disabilityand meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden ha detto in una dichiarazione. “È una scelta storica e profondamente qualificata per aiutare a guidare gli sforzi sanitari della nostra amministrazione.”
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris praised Levine asa remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experienceto help contain the coronavirus pandemic andprotect and improve the health and well-being of the American people.
Levine joins other Biden administration nominees who would make history if confirmed by the Senate to serve in top roles, including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra who has been tapped to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra would be the first Latino to lead the department if confirmed by the Senate.
In dicembre, Biden nominated former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary. Buttigieg would be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary should his nomination make it through the chamber.

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