Biden Taps Controversial PA Health Secretary for Federal Post

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(The Center Square) – President-elect Joe Biden looked no further than Pennsylvania when selecting his administration’s next assistant secretary of health.

He tapped state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine for the role over the weekend, describing her as a “historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic – no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability – and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” he said in a news release.

The announcement means Levine stands to be the first openly transgender public official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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Christen Smith follows Pennsylvania’s General Assembly for The Center Square. She is an award-winning reporter with more than a decade of experience covering state and national policy issues for niche publications and local newsrooms alike.