October 12, 2017: Eric D. Hargan was appointed as the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Hargan, 49, Illinois Republican, and a lawyer, succeeds Don J. Wright, an HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, who was appointed as the HHS Acting Secretary after Tom Price resigned as HHS Secretary on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, after only nine months in the post. Price is a physician and a former Republican Congressman from Georgia. Hargan has been the HHS Deputy Secretary since Friday, October 6, 2017. From 1997 to 2003, Hargan was a partner at the Chicago headquarters of the law firm of Winston and Strawn, where he specialized in corporate law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, securities, and venture capital transactions. From 2003 to 2005, Hargan was the Deputy General Counsel of HHS during the George W. Bush administration. From 2005 to 2007, he was the HHS Principal Associate Deputy Secretary and Acting Deputy Secretary. Hargan left the government in 2007 and joined the health law department of law firm McDermott Will and Emery. Hargan joined the health and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) business development practice of law firm Greenberg Traurig in June, 2010. He is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig's Health and FDA Business Practice. Hargan received his law degree from the Columbia Law School. The FDA is a division of HHS.