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.”