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Donald Trump's most recent cabinet pick hails from Michigan

Nov 29, 2016

Donald Trump has selected five people for his cabinet. His most recent choice is Republican Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, as Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

Though Price has served as Georgia's 6th District congressman since 2004, most of his childhood and young adulthood was spent in Michigan. 

Price was born in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from Dearborn High School, according to Congress' Biographical Directory. He also pursued post-secondary education in Michigan.

Price received two degrees — a Bachelors and a Doctor of Medicine degree — from the University of Michigan, according to his website

So, what will the Michigan grad do as the HHS secretary? NPR's Joe Neel outlines Price's responsibilities:

As HHS secretary, Price would not only oversee Obamacare as it currently exists, but also run the government's largest social programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. He would also have authority over the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other major health agencies.

Price opposes The Affordable Care Act and is instead a proponent of healthcare reform under A Better Way — Republican proposals to various issues including poverty, jobs, taxes, security, healthcare and government.

Listen to Price's reaction after the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld key provisions of the ACA:

And here are some other stances Price has taken, according to the non-partisan vote-tracking group OnTheIssue.org:

  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health