Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services

BY newsdesk  June 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM EDT
Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health Committee May 8, 2014. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health Committee on May 8. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new secretary of Department of Health and Human Services by a vote of 78 to 17.

As President Obama’s new health secretary, Burwell will be mainly responsible for overseeing the implementation of The Affordable Care Act. Her predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, resigned in April after a “disastrous” launch of HealthCare.gov last year.

Burwell has been the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget since April 2013.