The Senate confirms the first official transgender in the U.S.
March 25, 2021 – Rachel Levine is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Health, becoming the first to make it clear transgender federal officers to gain Senate ratification.
The vote was 52-48 on Wednesday and the result came mostly along the lines of the party. Only two Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – voted with all Democrats for Levine, Associated Press reported.
Levine, who has been Pennsylvania’s secretary of health since 2017, is expected to be in charge of health and human services offices and programs across the nation.
Levine’s achievement is seen as a historic breakthrough by transgender rights activists because few trans people have filled high-level state or federal state offices. AP reported.
A graduate of Harvard and Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He wrote in the past opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBT medicine, AP reported.