Eric Hargan

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Eric Hargan
Eric D. Hargan official photo.jpg
United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
Assumed office
October 6, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Bill Corr
In office
Acting: February 4, 2007 – August 5, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Alex Azar
Succeeded by Tevi Troy
Acting United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
October 10, 2017 – January 29, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Don J. Wright (acting)
Succeeded by Alex Azar
Personal details
Born Eric David Hargan
(1968-06-03) June 3, 1968 (age 50)
Mounds, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children 2
Education Harvard University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)

Eric David Hargan (born June 3, 1968) is an American lawyer and government official serving as the current United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services since October 6, 2017.[1] A member of the Republican Party, Hargan previously acted in this role in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration.

On October 10, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Hargan as acting United States Secretary of Health and Human Services,[2] which he held until January 29, 2018, when Alex Azar assumed the office.

Early life and education

Hargan was born in 1968 and raised in Mounds, Illinois.[3] He received his BA in philosophy from Harvard University and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review.

Career

Hargan's HHS portrait during the George W. Bush administration

From 1997 to 2003, Hargan was a partner in the Chicago headquarters of the law firm of Winston & Strawn, where he specialized in corporate law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, securities, and venture capital transactions.[4]

From 2003 to 2005, Hargan served as Deputy General Counsel of HHS for the George W. Bush administration. From 2005 to 2007, he served the Department as Principal Associate Deputy Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary.[4] Working closely with Secretary Mike Leavitt, Hargan oversaw the department's operations. He also served as the Regulatory Policy Officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidances.[5] In addition, he led a number of initiatives at the department, including implementing the President's Management Agenda, combating bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness. He represented Leavitt on the boards of the American Red Cross and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[citation needed]

Hargan left the government in 2007 and joined the health law department of law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Hargan joined the health and FDA business development practice of law firm Greenberg Traurig in June 2010. He is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig's Health & FDA Business Practice.[3]

In 2014, Hargan worked on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's health care transition team.[4]

Following the election of Donald Trump, Hargan was on the administration's HHS transition team.[4] On March 15, 2017, Hargan was nominated to be the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.[6] His confirmation hearing was held on June 7, 2017.[7] Hargan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 4, 2017.[8]

Personal life

Hargan lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Emily, and their two sons.[3] Hargan served as a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching healthcare regulations and administrative law.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Eric Hargan sworn in as HHS deputy secretary". Fierce Healthcare. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Trump Announces Eric Hargan as Acting HHS Secretary". KTLA. October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hargan, Eric D". www.gtlaw.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Rasmussen, Kristen (March 15, 2017). "Greenberg Traurig Partner Nominated for HHS Deputy Secretary Has Vast Big Law, Gov't Experience". National Law Journal. Archived from the original on March 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rasmussen, Kristen (March 16, 2017). "Greenberg Traurig Partner Nominated for HHS Deputy Secretary Has Vast Big Law, Gov't Experience". Inside Counsel. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts". The White House. March 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Hearing to Consider the Nominations of Eric D. Hargan, David Malpass, Andrew K. Maloney, and Brent James McIntosh". United States Senate Committee on Finance. June 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ Roubein, Rachel (October 4, 2017). "Senate confirms No. 2 spot at HHS, days after Price resigns". The Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Eric D. Hargan". The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 

External links

  • Eric Hargan current HHS biography
  • HHS Biography in 2007
Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Azar
United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
Acting

2007
Succeeded by
Tevi Troy
Preceded by
Bill Corr
United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Don J. Wright
Acting
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
Acting

2017–2018
Succeeded by
Alex Azar
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