President-elect Joe Biden appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, elected its Assistant Secretary of Health. This makes her the first openly transgender federal civil servant to be confirmed by the Senate. Levine, a Pennsylvania pediatrician and former General Practitioner, will serve as Senior Vice President-elective Secretary for Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra. “DR. Rachel Levine will bring the consistent leadership and expertise necessary to get people through this pandemic – regardless of zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability – and our country’s public health needs Meet this critical area at the moment and beyond, “Biden said in a press release.” She is an historic and highly qualified choice to lead our administration’s health efforts. “Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said Levine was” a notable official with the Knowledge and experience to contain this pandemic and protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the American people. “Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf appointed Levine to her current position in 2017. She was appointed by the Republican-majority Senate of Pennsylvania for her role as a health worker nisterin and general practitioner confirmed. Levine, a graduate of Harvard University and Tulane University School of Medicine, has become the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. She was urged to resign last spring after reports that she removed her 95-year-old mother from her nursing home after ordering all nursing homes and long-term facilities in the state to admit coronavirus patients from hospitals despite concerns about the Older people’s susceptibility to the virus. She defended the decision, saying her mother, who is “more than competent to make her own decisions,” requested the move.