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Senate Confirms First Overtly Transgender U.S. Official

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March 25, 2021 — Rachel Levine has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of well being, changing into the primary brazenly transgender federal official to win Senate affirmation.

The vote Wednesday was 52-48 and the outcome was principally alongside social gathering strains. Solely two Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — voted with all Democrats in supporting Levine, the Related Press reported.

Levine, who had been Pennsylvania Well being Secretary since 2017, is predicted to be accountable for Well being and Human Companies workplaces and applications nationwide.

Levine’s achievement is taken into account a historic breakthrough by transgender-rights activists as a result of few trans folks have held high-level state or federal workplaces, the AP reported.

A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical Faculty, Levine is president of the Affiliation of State and Territorial Well being Officers. She’s written previously on the opioid disaster, medical marijuana, adolescent drugs, consuming issues and LGBTQ drugs, the AP reported.

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