Levine approved for key U.S. health post, becoming first openly transgender official confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to approve President Joe Biden's choice of Rachel Levine to become assistant U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to approve President Joe Biden's choice of Rachel Levine to become assistant U.S. health secretary, the first openly transgender person to be confirmed by the chamber.
Despite strong opposition from Republicans, Levine was confirmed on a vote of 52-48.
As the United States continues its attempts to conquer the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed nearly 545,000 Americans, Levine arrives in Washington after leading the state of Pennsylvania's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Levine also has served as a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Penn State University.
During her confirmation hearing, Republican Senator Rand Paul quizzed Levine about her position on transition-related surgeries, as he drew parallels to genital mutilation.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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