Maryland Native Joins Trump Cabinet at HHS
The U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar II to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 24. Secretary Azar attended Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland from 1981 to 1985. His father, also named Alex Azar, is a retired doctor of ophthalmology and teacher at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He practiced ophthalmology in Salisbury, Maryland for more than 30 years. His grandfather emigrated from Lebanon in the early 20th century.
Commenting on Azar’s confirmation, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) said,
“I applaud President Trump for nominating and the Senate for confirming this excellent, highly-qualified Marylander for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Azar knows HHS inside and out following his tenure there under President George W. Bush, and I’m confident that he will hit the ground running as Secretary. I congratulate Secretary Azar on his appointment and look forward to working with him as we continue our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare and