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Rachel Levine confirmed as highest-ranking openly transgender federal official

By: - March 25, 2021 6:00 am

Rachel Levine, newly confirmed assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, first openly transgender person to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position. Photo courtesy of Levine’s Twitter account.

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Minnesota Reformer. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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