Senate confirms McSwain as director of IHS
By unanimous consent, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Bob McSwain as director of the Indian Health Service.

McSwain is a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California. He has worked for the IHS for more than 20 years.

"Bob brings to this role strong leadership skills and more than 30 years of federal service. Throughout his tenure, he has shown a strong dedication and commitment to the health and well-being of the 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives served by this Department," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement yesterday.

McSwain will serve a four-year term.

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