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[greenyes] Revolving Chairs in the Cabinet

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Bush Taps EPA Chief As Health Secretary

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) chose Environmental
Protection Agency (news - web sites) chief Michael Leavitt on Monday to
be secretary of Health and Human Services (news - web sites), filling
one of the last two openings in his second-term Cabinet.

Bush praised Leavitt as a "fine executive" and "a man of great
compassion." "He's an ideal choice to lead one of the largest
departments of the United States government."

Leavitt, Utah's governor before joining the Bush administration in late
2003, would succeed Tommy Thompson, who recently resigned.

Bush also has to name a new head of the Homeland Security Department to
take the place of Bernard Kerik, who abruptly withdrew his nomination
Friday night, citing immigration problems with a family housekeeper.

Leavitt thanked Bush for showing confidence in him. "I feel a real
sense of understandable regret" about leaving the EPA, he said.

He said his new agency, the department of Health and Human Service,
plays a vital part in the lives of every American.

Wayne Turner
Assistant Solid Waste Administrator
Winston-Salem/Fosyth County Utilities
phone: (336) 727 8418
fax: (336) 727-8432
email: waynet@no.address
FN:Turner, Wayne

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