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Pa. Senate confirms transgender woman as physician general

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2015 4:53 AM
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Photo by Courtesy of Penn State Hershey Medical Center

(Harrisburg) -- A transgender woman has the approval of the state Senate to be Pennsylvania's physician general in what one lawmaker calls a"history making'' vote. 

Dr. Rachel Levine unanimously won confirmation Tuesday. 

House Representative Dan Frankel, who co-chairs the Legislature's LGBT equality caucus, calls Levine's confirmation a first for Pennsylvania because Levine is transgender. 

The Wolf's administration calls Levine an expert in pediatrics and psychiatry and says she helped start a division at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for the care of teens with complex medical and psychosocial problems. 

The Republican-controlled Senate also unanimously confirmed Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty.

McNulty served four years as revenue secretary under Governor Robert P. Casey and three years as the department's No. 2 under Governor Ed Rendell.  

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