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Senate OKs Rachel Levine, First Openly Trans U.S. Official

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Rachel Levine has been Pennsylvania's health secretary since 2017 and a public face of the state's response to the pandemic.

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JOHANNAH GRENAWAY: The US Senate confirmed Rachel Levine as assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is the first transgender federal official to ever be confirmed by the Senate.

The final vote was 52 to 48, with Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine joining all Democrats in supporting Levine. She's been Pennsylvania's health secretary since 2017 and became the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.