Bush names Leavitt to head Health and Human Services

| 12/13/2004

Michael Leavitt, head of the EPA, has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services by President George W. Bush.

Bush announced the nomination in the Roosevelt Room of the White House this morning.

“Last year I welcomed Mike to my Cabinet as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Bush said in prepared remarks. “In that office, he has enforced high standards and a spirit of cooperation and with good common sense.”

A former governor and native of Utah, Leavitt has headed the EPA since November 2003.

Leavitt expressed regret at leaving EPA, but said he was grateful to Bush for giving him to chance to serve at Health and Human Services.

“The quality of health and the health condition of people in this nation is a commitment that is shared among both agencies,” Leavitt said. “As the president suggested, the Department of Health and Human Services plays a vital part of the lives of every American.”