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A Dartmouth Man at HHS

Degrees from the College and the Yale Law School certainly testify to a fine pedigree, but I am not sure that Alex Azar ‘88 made the right decision to work for the Trump administration. From Wikipedia:

Alex Michael Azar II (born June 17, 1967) is an American government official and the current nominee for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, after being selected by President Donald Trump on November 13, 2017. He was formerly 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 the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company, a major pharmaceutical company, and was a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby.

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Azar grew up in Salisbury, Maryland, where he attended Parkside High School from 1981-1985. He received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude with highest honors in government and economics from Dartmouth College in 1988. At Dartmouth he was a member of the Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity. He earned his law degree at the Yale Law School in 1991, where he served as a member of the executive committee of the Yale Law Journal.

After law school, he served 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.

The New York Times’ report on Azar’s nomination is here. And Alex’s LinkedIn page is here.

Addendum: The budget at HHS is over one trillion dollars, at least for now.

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