The Senate confirmed Jerome Adams, Indiana's state health commissioner, as surgeon general yesterday as part of its massive nominations package. (Trump ousted the previous surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, in April.)
Here's the quick run-down of what you need to know about him, per Caitlin Owens:
Adams joins the small group of appointees with Indiana connections to Vice President Mike Pence. Pence appointed him as health commissioner in 2014, when Pence was then governor of Indiana. Adams also worked on the state Medicaid program with Seema Verma, now the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Notably, he helped establish a needle exchange program in 2015, a response to the outbreak of HIV from sharing needles, USA Today reported.At his confirmation hearing this week, Adams treaded carefully around the issue of gun control, saying that gun violence is separate from guns, per STAT. "Guns and gun owners aren't inherently a public health problem, but the violence that results absolutely is," he said. (Murthy insisted that gun violence is a public health issue.)He also said he'd put science over politics, which Democratic senators brought up in response to comments by the president and administration officials about issues like autism and medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction.