WASHINGTON Feb 28 President Barack Obama has
decided to nominate Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head
the Department of Health and Human Services and will formally
announce the decision at a White House ceremony on Monday, a
U.S. official said on Saturday.
"This evening, the president asked Kansas Governor Kathleen
Sebelius to serve as his Secretary of Health and Human
Services, and she accepted," the administration official said
on condition of anonymity. "The president will formally
announce the nomination on Monday afternoon at the White
Sebelius had been considered a top contender for the
position since former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle
withdrew his nomination because of personal income tax
The Daschle withdrawal was a big blow for Obama, who made
healthcare reform a key part of his agenda during the election
campaign and was relying on the former Democratic leader to
guide his agenda through the U.S. Congress.
Sebelius, a longtime Obama supporter who had been mentioned
as a contender for other Cabinet posts, is a former Kansas
health commissioner and is currently the Democratic governor of
the largely Republican state.
(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)