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Following the August resignation of now former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, for improper use of taxpayer funds for travel, the Trump Administration has been working to bring forth a nominee that will easily garner support from Republicans and will work within the department to ensure the implementation of a new healthcare bill when it is passed.
In what is becoming his signature way of announcing news, President Trump tweeted out the nomination earlier this week.
Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2017
Here are 4 things to know about the nominee, Alex Azar
He served in HHS under George W. Bush’s Administration
Alex Azar worked in the department from 2001 to 2007, serving as the General Counsel before becoming the Deputy Secretary. This prior experience in the vast array of responsibilities the department has will greatly aid him upon confirmation into the position.
His most recent position was President of Eli Lilly
Prior to leaving the position earlier this year, Azar worked for the U.S branch of the pharmaceutical company, which is causing some Democrats to raise concern on how he would respond to a new healthcare law pushed by Republicans since he is in charge of the department that must implement it.