Politics Chosen by Joe Biden as assistant health secretary
United States president elect Joe Biden has opted for Pennsylvania’s Rachel Levine to be his assistant health secretary, making her the first transgender federal official confirmed by the US senate.
Levine, a paediatrician, was appointed as the state’s health secretary in 2017, making her one of very few transgender people appointed to such a position nationwide.
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the strong leadership and essential experience that we need for people to overcome this pandemic,” Biden said.
“She is a deeply qualified voice to lead the health efforts of our administration.”
A graduate of Harvard and Tulane school of medicine, Levine has written articles on a number of topics, including marijuana and medicine for the LGBTQ community.