The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the chamber. The vote was 52-48. Levine, a pediatrician, previously served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health and as physician general — the state’s top health official and top doctor. “The confirmation of Rachel Levine represents another important milestone for the American LGBTQ community,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
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History made: Dr. Rachel Levine was just confirmed as the next Assistant Secretary for Health, becoming the first-ever openly transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate.
Trans people are leaders, innovators and change-makers — and we deserve a seat at every table. pic.twitter.com/bNotSqaWDu
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 24, 2021
HISTORY MADE: Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsyvlania’s former Secretary of Health, has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the United States and has become the first out transgender person ever confirmed by the U.S. Senate! pic.twitter.com/AmsI3eJbSZ
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) March 24, 2021
52-48: Senate confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant HHS Secretary for Health, the first openly transgender, Senate-confirmed federal official. 2 Republicans Collins and Murkowski joined all Democrats in voting Yes. pic.twitter.com/rGJt78fDTR
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) March 24, 2021