Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is the new Health and Human Services secretary-designate.
President Obama today announced that Sebelius, D, a former Kansas insurance commissioner, is his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I know she will bring some much-needed grace and good humor to Washington, and she will be a tremendous asset to my cabinet,” Obama said in a statement. “Sebelius has a reputation for reaching across the aisle to work with Democrats and Republicans alike, while standing firm for what she believes in the face of pressure from special interests.”
Sebelius has been governor of Kansas since 2003, and she was the Kansas insurance commissioner from 1994 to 2002. She was president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Washington, in 2001.
Sebelius is the daughter of former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan, D.