Biden names Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary, would be first transgender official confirmed by Senate

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 19th, 2021 11:56 am

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Last Updated Jan 23rd, 2021 at 10:31 pm

President-elect Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's Dr. Rachel Levine will serve as the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services.

If confirmed by the Senate, Levine would be the first transgender official to be confirmed. Levine is a biological man who presents as a woman and currently serves as Pennsylvania's secretary of health.

"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," Biden said in a press release. "She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts."

Levine received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine.


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