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Young and Donnelly Urge Senate To Confirm Jerome Adams As Surgeon General

State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams is nominated by President Trump to serve as Surgeon General

WASHINGTON, D.C -- Surgeon General nominee Jerome Adams is in Washington as he went before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. 

Indiana Senator Todd Young sits on that committee and used his time to speak to give nothing but praise for Adams as he goes through the confirmation process. 

"In the past few years, Dr. Adams has served us well as the Indiana State Health Commissioner," Young said in the hearing. "I and Senator Donnelly believe he has the experience and demonstrated leadership to promote public health nationwide, and bring awareness to our most pressing health challenges as our nation's top physician." 

Dr. Adams was nominated by President Trump to serve as Surgeon General last month. He is currently the Indiana State Health Commissioner as appointed by then Governor Mike Pence in 2014.

Young as well as Senator Joe Donnelly went more in depth for their bi-partisan support for Adams in a joint letter penned to the committee. In the letter they applaud Dr. Adams' swift actions in helping curb an HIV outbreak in Scott Count as a result of the opioid epidemic. 

"He responded quickly, working with local, state, and federal governments, to contain the spread of disease," Young and Donnelly continued in the letter. "Dr. Adams has continued to raise awareness with our colleagues in both the House and Senate of the dangers of the opioid epidemic."

The next step is for Adams to be confirmed by the full Senate before he can start work as the nation's top physician.

(PHOTO: Office of Sen. Todd Young/Press Release)

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