Sunday, June 14, 2009

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Michael O. Leavitt
Secretery of Health and Human Services
Served under President George W. Bush 2005-2009
Governor of Utah 1993 – 2003
Hometown Cedar City, Utah
Faith: LDS

On Polygamy

"Himself a descendent of polygamists, Leavitt came under strong criticism in 1998, while Governor, when he defended polygamy by saying, "It might enjoy religious freedom." He was later forced to backpedal and claimed that polygamy should be against the law."

Albert Hawkins. In January 2003, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Albert Hawkins to serve as the state’s health and human services executive commissioner. In this position, Hawkins heads the Health and Human Services Commission, which provides leadership and strategic direction to the health and human services system in Texas. The executive commissioner oversees the operations of the five health and human services agencies, comprised of about 45,000 employees working with a total annual budget of $25 billion

From 1995 to 2000, Hawkins was state budget director for then Texas Governor George W. Bush. From 1978 through 1994, he worked at the Texas Legislative Budget Board. Hawkins earned a bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He received a master’s of public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in 1978.

Anne Heiligenstein
Leader of the "Special Team" sent from Austin
to San Angelo, to take over the Texas CPS cases relating to
the polygamist's children living in Schleicher County, Texas,
on the YFZ at the time of the raid by Texas Rangers.

Appointed commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Nov. 20, 2008

Heiligenstein’s three decades of human services experience includes being director of policy and projects for First Lady Laura Bush in the White House, director of health and human services policy for Gov. George W. Bush, and assistant deputy commissioner and director of protective services at the former Department of Human Services. She received her master’s degree from Trinity University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

“This is my passion,” Heiligenstein said. “I look forward to working with state and community leaders and our dedicated DFPS staff to protect our state’s children, our seniors and those with disabilities. I can’t imagine a greater or more humbling opportunity than to help provide a voice to those who often can’t articulate their own hopes or fears.”

Oh really? Check out my next post then, Ms. Heiligstein. Let's see how much you care after that, k?
Oh, and Austin? Not only do we have a problem, we're coming to visit you soon, too.

1 comment:

  1. Boots, when you come to Austin please be nice to everybody, especially our elected officials.