A White House official tells ABC News that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a leading contender to become President Obama’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sebelius, the former Insurance Commissioner and an early backer of then-Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign, happened to be in Washington, D.C., last week to deliver keynote addresses at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference and the National Education Association Women’s Observance.
Both appearances were on her schedule before the president’s previous HHS nominee, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., dropped out due to controversies surrounding more than $100,000 in back taxes he only recently paid.
While in town, Sebelius met with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett where they discussed the HHS position.