State Politics

Renee Ellmers, who endorsed Trump early, lands a federal job

Rep. Renee Ellmers participates in a 2nd Congressional District Republican primary debate at WRAL’s studio in Raleigh on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Rep. Renee Ellmers participates in a 2nd Congressional District Republican primary debate at WRAL’s studio in Raleigh on Thursday, May 19, 2016. tlong@newsobserver.com

Former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, an early supporter of Donald Trump for president, has a new job in the Trump administration running the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ regional office in Atlanta.

As first reported in The Progressive Pulse, an N.C. Justice Center blog, Wednesday is Ellmers’ first day in Atlanta as the regional director for region 4 of the health department.

Ellmers lost a primary to fellow Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding last year after the legislature, responding to a court order, redrew boundary lines. Holding, who lives in Raleigh, decided to run in the 2nd District, where Ellmers was the three-term incumbent. She lost after a being targeted by an array of political groups, despite an endorsement from Trump and a robo-call he made on her behalf.

Ellmers was a nurse living in Dunn before she ran for office, and was a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act during her tenure.

Running an office overseeing eight states, Ellmers will represent U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price and work with states on health-care policies.

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner

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