President-elect Joe Biden has chosen California’s Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to reports citing sources familiar on the matter.
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to reports citing sources familiar on the matter.
Biden has chosen former Congressman Becerra to lead the HHS amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Becerra has repeatedly fought healthcare policies of the Trump administration in court, including leading the campaign to protect the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in 20 states and in the District of Columbia as the Trump administration sought to repeal it.
The nomination for HHS secretary requires confirmation from the Senate and once confirmed, Becerra would be the first Latino for the position.
“In this moment of crisis with COVID-19 devastating Latino communities, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is proud that California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a dedicated public servant, will be nominated by President-elect Biden to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro said in a statement.
Biden reportedly plans to formally announce Becerra as his nominee, together with other nominations for top health positions, including Dr. Rochelle Walensky as his nominee for the head of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.
Walensky currently serves as the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital while Murthy previously served as surgeon general under the Obama administration.
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