Biden Official Sworn In As First Transgender Four-Star Public Health Admiral In US History

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U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine became the first transgender four-star officer in the uniformed services, after being sworn in Tuesday into the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had a swearing-in ceremony for Levine to make her a four-star admiral. She is now the highest-ranking official in the commissioned corps and will be in charge of leading 6,000 Public Health Service officers. (RELATED: ‘We Should Be Outraged’: Rand Paul Presses Dr. Rachel Levine On Children Transitioning Genders)

The United States Public Health Service uses NAVY ranks and is a uniformed service, but is not military.

“I am deeply honored & grateful to join the ranks of men & women across this great nation who have committed to defend the United States against small & large threats, known and unknown. I promise to uphold that trust to the fullest extent of my abilities,” Levine said in a tweet after being sworn in. (RELATED: Jen Psaki Pressed By Reporter Over Biden Nominee Rachel Levine’s Connection To Pennsylvania Nursing Home Scandal)


Levine was the first transgender official confirmed by the Senate in March. She faced criticism during her confirmation process over a directive she signed for nursing homes to accept patients who previously had, or were hospitalized with, COVID-19. Levine reportedly removed her own mother from the nursing home after signing the directive.