Sebelius Tapped for Health Post

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2009 5:11 PM CST
Sebelius Tapped for Health Post
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius greets visitors to her office in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of health and human services, a White House source said today. Sebelius, 60, was an early Obama supporter who picked his presidential campaign over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton and worked tirelessly for Obama's bid. Obama will formally announce her nomination on Monday, the source told the AP.

Sebelius drew praise for the consumer watchdog role she played as Kansas insurance commissioner for 8 years before she became governor. Abortion foes strongly oppose her because, as governor, she once had a reception attended by a late-term abortion provider who now faces criminal charges. Democrats say there was never any doubt that Obama would appoint a health secretary who supports abortion rights. (Read more Obama Cabinet stories.)

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