Dr. Rachel Levine is the first openly transgender federal official the U.S. Senate will consider
President Biden nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“The Historic choice and nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services is brilliant on many levels,” said Lauren Albrecht, Chair of the New Jersey Democratic LGBTQ Caucus and Co-Chair NJ LGBTQ+ for Biden.
Dr. Levine is currently the Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania, leading the state’s fight against COVID-19. She is also a professor at the Penn State College of Medicine. Levine began her medical career as a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
“The Biden Administration appointments truly reflect the diversity of America, and we congratulate our neighbor next door,” said Joe Forte, Vice-Chair of the NJ LGBTQ Caucus and Co-Chair NJ LGBTQ+ for Biden. “We wish Dr. Levine much success in her new role.”
“Dr. Levine is highly qualified for this position and would bring a lens of expertise, knowledge and depth that is critical to help improve the health of all Americans,” added Mx Shannon Cuttle, a longtime activist and school board member in the South Orange/Maplewood, NJ district.
“Dr. Levine is imminently qualified to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at Health and Human Services,” said Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. ”Her work in Pennsylvania was exemplary and impactful to the health of all Pennsylvanians. The appointment of more diverse LGBTQ people at all level of the administration is imperative and that includes trans and non-binary people and people of color.”
“I’ve known Dr. Levine for a decade,” said Adrian Shanker at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown PA. “We served together on the Board of Equality Pennsylvania during the height of the marriage equality movement. And in my current role as executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Dr. Rachel Levine’s leadership in Harrisburg has saved countless lives from both the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a dedicated public servant, a public health expert, and a compassionate leader who is well-prepared to go to Washington to improve public health for the American people.”
In Pennsylvania, Levine made history as the first trans person to receive Senate confirmation. “I spoke with Dr. Levine this morning to congratulate her,” said Shanker last week. “I let her know that our community was rooting for her. This is a historic day, we can all be proud of Dr. Levine for this incredibly important appointment.”