Senate Confirms Burwell as HHS Secretary
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 05:33 PM

By a vote of 78-17, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Burwell, who currently heads the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), replacesKathleen Sebelius, who tendered her resignation in April (but is continuing in office until her replacement becomes official).

Before coming to OMB last year, Burwell, a native of Hinton, W.Va., previously served as president of the Walmart Foundation, according to her official biography. Prior to that job, she served as president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked for 10 years in various capacities.

Burwell's current job is not her first in government; she held a number of posts during the Clinton administration, including Deputy Director of OMB, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Staff Director of the National Economic Council.

She has an A.B. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Washington with their two children.