Manchin Statement on Sylvia Mathews Burwell Nomination to be Next Health and Human Services Secretary

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Thursday, April 10, 2014, issued the following statement on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

“I am so pleased that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a native West Virginian and current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been nominated as the next Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services. Sylvia’s experience in both the public and private sector, matched with the bipartisan relationships she has built over the years, shows that she is a public servant ready to take on this country’s challenges. I am confident that her leadership will ensure that we enact commonsense fixes to the Affordable Care Act to help improve the lives of millions of Americans.

 “I also sincerely thank Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whom I proudly served with as governor, for her service and unwavering dedication to the health and well-being of all Americans. I join all my colleagues in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.”

(L. A. Times story on Sebelius:,0,6339735.story#axzz2yXFSuqRs)

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Editor's note: Sylvia Mathews Burwell was born in June 1965 in Hinton, WV. She is the daughter of retired optometrist William Mathews and Cleo Mathews, a former mayor of Hinton.

From her Wikipedia entry:

Born and raised in Hinton, West Virginia, into a Greek-American family Mathews is the daughter of Dr. William Mathews, a retired optometrist and former Hinton Mayor Cleo Mathews. She began her career while still in college, serving as an intern for West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall, as governor's aide to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and working on the Dukakis/Bentsen and the Clinton/Gore campaigns. Ms. Mathews served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 1998, and was Chief of Staff to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin from 1995 to 1997. She also served as Staff Director for the National Economic Council from 1993 to 1995. Prior to that, she was an Associate at McKinsey & Company from 1990 through 1992. She is a Member of the University of Washington Medicine Board, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Aspen Strategy Group and the Nike Foundation Advisory Group.

Ms. Mathews received a bachelor’s degree in government, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1987 and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Ms. Mathews has been a Director of MetLife and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company since January 2004. She often returns to West Virginia and to West Virginia University to speak, and recently a scholarship was established in her honor to support aspiring WVU political science students. In 2005 Mathews was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of The 50 Women to Watch -- 2005 world wide.She was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Patty Stonesifer, who had announced plans to step down as CEO of the Gates Foundation in 2008.However, on May 12, 2008, the foundation announced that Microsoft executive Jeff Raikes would assume the CEO position. Reportedly, Mathews and the foundation's other presidents approved of Raikes' appointment Mathews was named Obama-Biden Transition Agency Review Lead for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

She married attorney Stephen Burwell in February 2007.   They have two children.

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