Equality PAC Statement on the Historic Confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

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