AUGUSTA—On Friday, Governor-Elect Janet Mills announced the nomination of Jeanne Lambrew to serve as Commissioner for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

In response, Senate President Troy Jackson released the following statement:

“Jeanne Lambrew is a strong choice to lead the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as we look to promote the health, safety and well-being of all Mainers in this new era. Her extensive background in public health, experience in government administration and understanding of complex health care systems will make her an asset as the state addresses some key issues: implementing Medicaid expansion, restoring the public health nursing program and overhauling the child welfare system. Not to mention, she understands the health challenges facing people in rural Maine from access to health care professionals to quality affordable health services. I look forward to learning more about her vision for DHHS and plan for improving health care in Maine.”

The Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on Lambrew’s nomination and make a recommendation on the nomination early next year. Following the hearing, there will be a confirmation vote in the Senate based on the committee’s recommendation.