Sebelius Tapped for HHS

By MichaelJames

Feb 28, 2009 5:44pm

An administration official tells ABC News that this evening, President Obama asked Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve as his Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she accepted.

The President will formally announce the nomination on Monday afternoon at the White House.

Sebelius has been the leading contender for the job since the beginning of the month. The Kansas governor is the state’s former Insurance Commissioner and an early backer of then-Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign.

Whereas President Obama’s first pick for the job, former Sen. Tom Daschle, was also supposed to be White House health care czar, a White House official says it’s likely that someone other than Sebelius will fill that job.

Around the same time the Sebelius pick came to light, tweetin’ Claire McCaskill, the junior senator from Missouri, just posted on her twitter page that she’s "A little anxious about the announcement of HHS Sec.Hopeful that my pal Gov of Kansas will get the call. It should happen today or tomorrow."

Fret no more, senator.

- jpt

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