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Obama 'picks' Daschle for health secretary

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Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-12-09

US President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former South Dakota Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services Secretary, according to US media reports.

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former U.S. Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services secretary, news media reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to Obama's transition team.

Daschle, of South Dakota, was an early supporter of Obama's, encouraging the first-term senator from Illinois to make his presidential run.

He currently serves as the head of Obama's health-care policy group as the president-elect prepares to take office on Jan. 20.

His appointment was reported by CNN and Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

Daschle served as the top Democrat in the Senate between 1994 and 2004, and was majority leader when Democrats controlled the chamber between 2001 and 2003. He was elected to the Senate in 1986 and before that served eight years in the House of Representatives.

Since losing his re-electiion bid, Daschle has worked as a public-policy advisor for the law firm Alston and Bird.

He was not immediately available for comment.

Daschle was reported to be a candidate for Obama's chief of staff before that job went to Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel.


 

Date created : 2008-11-19

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