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|24th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services|
|Assumed office |
January 29, 2018
|Preceded by||Tom Price|
|United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services|
July 22, 2005 – February 4, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Claude Allen|
|Succeeded by||Tevi Troy|
|General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services|
August 2001 – July 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Harriet S. Rabb|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Meron|
Alex Michael Azar II
June 17, 1967
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Dartmouth College (BA)|
Yale University (JD)
Alex Michael Azar II (born June 17, 1967) is an American politician and businessman. He is the 24th and current United States Secretary of Health and Human Services since January 29, 2018. He was the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007. From 2012 to 2017, Azar was President of Eli Lilly and Company. He was a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby.
On November 13, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Azar to be the next United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 24, 2018.
Azar was as a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then as a law clerk for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1992 to 1993.
Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005–2007)
On August 3, 2001, Azar was confirmed to be the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
On July 22, 2005, Azar was confirmed as the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was twice confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He worked under Secretary Mike Leavitt. Azar resigned in January 2007.
On January 1, 2012, Azar became President of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest division of Eli Lilly and Company and was responsible for the company's entire operations in the United States. In January 2017, Azar resigned from Eli Lilly.
Secretary of Health and Human Services (since 2018)
On November 13, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that Azar was his nominee to be the next United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Azar is married to Jennifer Azar. They have two children. They live in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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- Mathis-Lilley, Ben (November 13, 2017). "Trump Health Secretary Nominee Left Job Overseeing Eli Lilly Investigation to Become Eli Lilly’s Top Lobbyist". Slate. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/11/13/alex_azar_health_secretary_nominee_oversaw_worked_for_eli_lilly.html.
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- "Alex Azar is Confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary". The New York Times. January 24, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/us/politics/alex-azar-health-and-human-services-secretary-confirmed-senate.html. Retrieved January 24, 2018.