NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Senate yesterday confirmed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by a vote of 65 to 31 with three abstentions.

Her appointment had been slowed by concern among some Republican senators primarily about differences with her positions on abortion.

Before serving as governor of Kansas, Sebelius between 1995 and 2003 was the state's insurance commissioner.

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