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    Biden taps former Michigan health director Gordon for federal post

    Washington — President Joe Biden intends to nominate Michigan’s former health director to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the White House said on Wednesday.

    Biden is tapping Robert Gordon to serve as assistant secretary for financial resources at the agency. 

    Gordon abruptly resigned on Jan. 22 as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s director of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services where he had led the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Gordon is currently senior counselor at the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities and senior adviser for Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, according to the White House. 

    Gordon was subpoenaed to testify in April before a state oversight hearing, where he seemed to be unclear about the specific reasons for the governor’s decision, revealing she told him over video conference that it was time to go in a “new direction.”

    Gordon also said there were disagreements about elements of the state’s reopening plans. The Detroit News previously reported he had advocated for a more cautious approach to reopening restaurants, according to email communications obtained through a public records request. 

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