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Surgeon General Announces Exit

Regina Benjamin to resign next month, may be eying congressional run
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 3:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four years after her appointment by President Obama, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is leaving the job next month, she announced last night. "My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention. With your help, that movement has begun," she wrote in an email to staff.

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She tweeted that she "loved" her job, AL.com reports. "I leave next month confident we created a more healthy & fit nation." Health secretary Kathleen Sebelius applauded Benjamin's "passionate" work, CNN reports. Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will take on the interim post ahead of the selection of a new surgeon general. As for Benjamin's next step, her name has emerged as a possible candidate for Congress in her native Mobile, Ala., in a seat long held by Republicans. (Read more Regina Benjamin stories.)

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