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June 5, 2014

Senate confirms Hinton native Burwell as next HHS Secretary

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate by a vote of 78-17 confirmed Hinton native Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“I am so pleased that the Senate voted today to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services," U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a statement. "We are all products of our environment, and as a native of the great state of West Virginia, I know that Sylvia’s West Virginia roots coupled with her professional experiences have helped mold her aptitude to work in a bipartisan way, combat tough problems, and get things done."

Burwell, 48,  currently serves as the director of Office of Management and Budget in Washington. She’s the daughter of former Hinton mayor Cleo Mathews.“The Senate’s swift action to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services speaks directly to her abilities and record of accomplishment," Senator Jay Rockefeller said in a release. "Sylvia is a shining star and a devoted public servant who has earned the respect of both Democrats and Republicans, and the bipartisan support she received since the President announced her nomination only further reflects how highly regarded she is across the aisle."

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Burwell was president of Walmart Foundation, the charitable arm of Walmart stores.

Burwell, a Harvard graduate, worked for the Clinton Administration in several public policy positions. After Bill Clinton left office, Burwell worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a 40-million fund that finances global health and other programs in poverty-stricken communities.

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