WASHINGTON, D.C. (Erie News Now) – Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has been named a national honoree for USA Today’s Women of the Year.
She became the highest-ranking openly transgender official when President Joe Biden nominated, and Senate confirmed her as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2021. She also serves as head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., leading a group of 6,000 uniformed public health officers.
Governor Tom Wolf nominated Levine to be Pennsylvania’s Physician General and she was unanimously confirmed by Pennsylvania’s state Senate in 2015. In 2018, she was named Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health.
Levine, 64, told USA Today “I think you have to be true to yourself and I think that you have to be who you are. You have tremendous worth just for who you are, no matter who you love, no matter who you are, no matter what your gender identity, sexual orientation or anything else, and to be, be true to that. And then everything else will follow.”
Other honorees include Vice President Kamala Harris, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, and Ford F-150 Chief Engineer Linda Zhang, among others.