U.S. Senate Confirms Murthy, Levine to HHS Posts

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed two officials nominated by the Biden-Harris Administration to top posts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed on Tuesday as the U.S. Surgeon General on a 57-43 vote. This is Dr. Murthy’s second time serving as surgeon general after serving in the same role under the Obama and Trump Administrations. Dr. Rachel Levine was confirmed on Wednesday as the Assistant Secretary of Health (ASH) on a 52-48 vote. Dr. Levine became the first transgender person to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and was previously the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Relatedly, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. this week nominated Dawn O’Connell as the next Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within HHS. O’Connell is currently the Senior Counselor to the HHS Secretary for COVID-19. Previously, O’Connell served on the Biden Transition Team for health-related matters and was the director of the Coalition for Preparedness and Innovation’s (CEPI) U.S. Office. More information on her nomination is available here.