Alex Azar

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Alex Azar
Alex Azar official portrait.jpg
24th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Assumed office
January 29, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyEric Hargan
Preceded byTom Price
United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
July 22, 2005 – February 4, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byClaude Allen
Succeeded byTevi Troy
General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
In office
August 2001 – July 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byHarriet S. Rabb
Succeeded byDaniel Meron
Personal details
BornAlex Michael Azar II
(1967-06-17) June 17, 1967 (age 51)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennifer
Children2
ResidenceIndianapolis, Indiana
EducationDartmouth 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.[1] 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.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 24, 2018.

Early life[change | change source]

Azar was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Salisbury, Maryland. He studied at Dartmouth College and at Yale University.[3][4]

Career[change | change source]

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.[4]

From 1994 to 1996, he served as an Associate Independent Counsel for Kenneth W. Starr in the United States Office of the Independent Counsel.[5]

Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005–2007)[change | change source]

On August 3, 2001, Azar was confirmed to be the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.[6]

On July 22, 2005, Azar was confirmed as the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.[7] He was twice confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He worked under Secretary Mike Leavitt. Azar resigned in January 2007.[8]

Business career[change | change source]

In June 2007, Azar joined Eli Lilly and Company as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, where he “lead Lilly public affairs and lobbying efforts.”[9]

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.[10] In January 2017, Azar resigned from Eli Lilly.[11]

Secretary of Health and Human Services (since 2018)[change | change source]

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.[2]

His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 24, 2018.[12] He was sworn-in on January 29.

Personal life[change | change source]

Azar is married to Jennifer Azar. They have two children. They live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

References[change | change source]

  1. "PN430 - Nomination of Alex Azar II for Department of Health and Human Services, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". U.S. Congress. July 22, 2005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Trump Chooses Alex Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary". The New York Times. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  3. "Alex Azar '91". Yale Law School. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Alex M. Azar II - Biography". World Congress.
  5. RISEN, JAMES (September 13, 1994). "Starr Names His First Whitewater Aides: Investigation: Independent counsel announces appointments to fill out prosecution team. He names a Fiske holdover as a top deputy". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035.
  6. "PN492 - Nomination of Alex Azar II for Department of Health and Human Services, 107th Congress (2001-2002)". United States Congress. August 3, 2001.
  7. "PN430 - Nomination of Alex Azar II for Department of Health and Human Services, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". United States Congress. July 22, 2005.
  8. "Azar resigns as HHS deputy secretary". BioCentury. January 17, 2007.(subscription required)
  9. Mathis-Lilley, Ben (November 13, 2017). "Trump Health Secretary Nominee Left Job Overseeing Eli Lilly Investigation to Become Eli Lilly's Top Lobbyist". Slate.
  10. PRNewswire (October 11, 2011). "Lilly Announces Changes in Senior Management". Press release. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lilly-announces-changes-in-senior-management-131508298.html. 
  11. PRNewswire (January 5, 2017). "Lilly to Adjust Organization and Leadership Structure to Better Align with Growth Opportunities". Press release. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lilly-to-adjust-organization-and-leadership-structure-to-better-align-with-growth-opportunities-300386251.html. 
  12. "Alex Azar is Confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary". The New York Times. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.

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