Becerra Biden’s health secretary among her new candidates


President-elect Joe Biden is looking at three new health secretary candidates after previous front-runners dropped out of the competition for the job this week, say people skilled in the discussions.

Now under consideration is California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who led the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration.

The attention of Biden’s transition team quickly turned to new directors for one of the most important jobs in its administration, after Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island, said on Thursday that she was no longer interested in leading HHS. Another former frontrunner, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, also dropped out of her heart with the transition earlier this week.