President Donald Trump has nominated Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams for the U.S. Surgeon General position.
Then-Governor Mike Pence first appointed Adams to the position in 2014 and Gov. Eric Holcomb re-appointed him in 2017.
During his tenure overseeing public health in Indiana, Adams supervised the roll-out of the needle exchange programs legalized in 2015.
Adams is an advocate of the programs, aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C among intravenous drug users. He testified in favor of a bill making it easier for county and municipal governments to establish the programs, which Holcomb ultimately signed.
“Dr. Jerome Adams is a dedicated champion for overall health and wellness and genuinely cares about citizens in every corner of our state,” Holcomb said in a statement. “I’m delighted President Trump seeks to bring another Hoosier to Washington, D.C.”