U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will appoint physician Rachel Levine, who was born male, as assistant secretary of health. She will thus become the first transgender person to be appointed to a federal position with Senate confirmation, FOX television reports, citing sources.
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the sustained leadership and expertise we need to guide fellow citizens through this pandemic – regardless of where they live, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability,” Biden commented on the appointment.
Before being offered the high-profile post, Levine led Pennsylvania’s health care system through a Democratic governor’s appointment and led the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in that state. In May, her name appeared in scandalous media coverage: she removed her elderly mother from a nursing home shortly after publicly announcing that seniors in such facilities were not at risk.
After the November election, it became known that Democratic Representative Sarah McBride had become the first transgender person in U.S. history to be elected to the Senate of a state. She will be a legislator in Delaware.