Monday, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Region IV announced that former State Representative April Weaver (R-Briarfield) was appointed by President Donald J. Trump (R) to serve as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Region IV.
As a presidential appointee, Ms. Weaver provides regional executive leadership as the primary representative for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar. Region IV is based in Atlanta, Georgia and includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve our country and to continue my public service in my new position at HHS,” said Weaver. “I am eager to get to work supporting the initiatives of President Trump and Secretary Azar as well as the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
HHS said in a statement that Regional Director Weaver brings leadership experience in both public service and the private sector to HHS. Prior to her appointment, she served ten years as an accomplished state legislator in the Alabama House of Representatives, including five years as the chair of the House Health Committee. A registered nurse who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, Weaver worked for over 23 years as a hospital leader in various management roles in urban, suburban and rural hospitals.
Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) said on social media, “Congratulations to my friend, April Weaver.”
“As a member of the Trump Victory National Finance Committee, I would like to commend The President on his choice of Representative April Weaver as Regional Director of the Southeast Region of the Department of Health and Human Services,” former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr (R-Montgomery) said in a statement. “He could not have made a better choice. She is an outstanding addition to Secretary Azar’s team.”
“April brings a unique set of experiences and talents to the front-line fight against the coronavirus,” Hooper continued. “She has been a practicing nurse and knows firsthand the sacrifices health care workers make and the risks they take on daily basis. She has served in hospital management roles in both urban and rural hospitals. She also has healthcare policy experience having served as Chairman of The Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee and National Vice Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Congratulations April! I know you will hit the ground running and do a tremendous job.”
Weaver resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives to accept a position with the Trump Administration last week.
“Serving in the Alabama House of Representatives has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve for the past ten years,” Weaver said. “I will always be thankful to the people of House District 49 for allowing me to serve in this capacity and for the trust and confidence they have placed in me as their Representative. I am also deeply honored to have been chosen to join the Trump Administration. I am excited to be able to use my skills and experience at a national level during this unprecedented time and I look forward to supporting President Trump’s initiatives and serving the people of our nation.”