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McDonnell names Hazel health secretary

Anita Kumar

Talk about waiting for the last minute.

Just hours before his inauguration, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) named respected orthopedic surgeon Bill Hazel as his secretary of health and human resources.

Hazel was the last Cabinet secretary to be named, and the only one to not get his own news conference. McDonnell postponed making his announcement several times.

"Dr. Bill Hazel is not only a successful physician, but also a successful businessman,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "With skyrocketing health care costs and a growing number of people in need in today's tough economy, this is the type of leader and innovator we need in Richmond; someone who not only understands the medical side of the job, but also how to best provide much needed services to the people of Virginia."

Hazel serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and is the former president for both the Medical Society of Virginia and the Fairfax County Medical Society. He's also the former team physician for the Washington Redskins.

(And yes, for those of you who are wondering, Hazel is the nephew of prominent Northern Virginia businessman and developer Til Hazel).

Cabinet secretaries will be sworn in Sunday, but will be confirmed by the General Assembly later after the fact.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 15, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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I am surprised he didn't nominate "Dr." Pat Robertson, his buddy from his alma mater.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | January 15, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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