President Barack Obamas nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to become the next HHS secretary is now official.
In Congress, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said he approved of the appointment, while Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, both representing Kansas, released a joint statement that said they look forward to working with Sebelius, 60. The president also named Nancy-Ann DeParle, 52, to serve as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office for Health Reform. DeParles previous experience includes serving as commissioner of the Human Services Department in Tennessee, and as administrator of HCFAthe predecessor agency to the CMSduring the Clinton administration.