President Donald Trump has nominated a new head of the Department of Health and Human Services — Alex Azar.
Azar would replace Tom Price. The former secretary resigned in late September after he was swept into a scandal surrounding his use of costly private flights.
Most recently, Azar served as the president of Lilly USA, an affiliate of a global biopharmaceutical company.
Prior to that, Azar spent two years as the deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush
Azar’s nomination now heads to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for confirmation hearings.
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