Zorn votes to reject DHHS Director Hertel appointment

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday voted to reject the appointment of Elizabeth Hertel as director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Michigan families need a state health director who will protect and serve them, respect our system of government, understand the effect her actions have on their lives, and show them the science and rationale behind her decisions,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I was hopeful Elizabeth Hertel would offer new leadership to work with us on better solutions and to be more open with the Michigan people. I opposed her appointment because — in both her actions and comments as director — she has failed to meet those goals.”

Zorn previously signed onto a letter with five other senators and 25 House members urging the Senate Advice and Consent Committee to unfavorably report Hertel’s appointment and for the full Senate to then reject her appointment.

Under the Michigan Constitution, the Senate has 60 days to disapprove of an appointment through a formal vote. Tuesday was the last day to reject the Hertel appointment. Since a majority of the Senate didn’t vote against Hertel’s appointment, it becomes official.