Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement on the Senate’s historic confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as the next Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“Dr. Levine’s nomination represents a historic first for the transgender community in the United States,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano and Congressman David Cicilline. “Through all the transphobic attacks and bigotry that Dr. Levine endured
during her confirmation process, she persevered, and the work and her determination paid off. We want to extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Dr. Levine on this amazing achievement and we thank President Biden for his decision to appoint Dr. Levine to this important post. As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we could not think of a better, more capable person to help lead the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Dr. Levine is the first-ever transgender official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and is the nation’s highest ranking transgender presidential appointee. Previously, Dr. Levine served as the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.
Date: March 24, 2021
Contact: Jeff Larivee, (202) 821-5203