Alex Azar, Nominee for Secretary of HHS, Confirmed by Senate

Alex Azar, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Human and Health Services (HHS), was confirmed yesterday by the Senate.

As former president of the U.S. arm of Eli Lilly & Co., Azar’s nomination has been generally well-received by lawmakers, and his confirmation comes as no surprise. Having also served HHS as general counsel under the George W. Bush administration, he brings both executive branch experience and pharmaceutical company experience to the table. Azar is expected to tackle increasing drug prices.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has expressed full confidence in Azar, stating, “Clearly, Mr. Azar has seen both the good and bad at HHS and knows how to manage them. I don’t think there is anyone here, even on the other side of the aisle, who would contest that.”