8 Things to Know About Incoming HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Following news of Kathleen Sebelius' recognition, here are eight things to know about the Obama administration's new nominee for HHS secretary — Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

1. Ms. Burwell, 48, is currently director of the Office of Management and Budget. She was confirmed by the Senate with a 96-0 vote in April 2013. In this role, she oversaw preparation of the government's $3.8 trillion annual budget. HHS' budget for fiscal year 2015 is just over $1 trillion. Photo credits to The Washington Post

2. Before her most recent appointment, Ms. Burwell was previously president of the Walmart Foundation, which she joined in 2012. Before then, she was president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked with the Gates Foundation for 10 years, and was also its first COO.  

3. During the Clinton administration, Ms. Burwell served as deputy director of the OMB under Director Jack Lew, deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton under Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, chief of staff to the Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and staff director of the National Economic Council.

4. Before working with the Clinton administration, Ms. Burwell worked as an associate for the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. She was also a board member for MetLife.

5. She received her AB from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and her BA from Oxford University in the U.K., where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

6. Ms. Burwell is from Hinton, W.Va. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband Stephen, who is a lawyer, and their two children. Bloomberg has reported that National Security Adviser Susan Rice, a classmate at Oxford and fellow Rhodes Scholar, helped introduce Ms. Burwell to her husband.

7. Ms. Burwell comes from a family with ties to public service, as she told the Seattle Times in a 2007 interview that her mother decided to run for mayor at the age of 65. Her father was also active in local community groups and fraternal clubs.

8. In announcing her nomination Friday, President Obama said, "Sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results." He also called her "a rock" and "a steady hand" during budget negotiations in the past year, including the partial government shutdown in October, according to a USA Today report.

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