Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) old congressional colleagues piled on the praise today after President-elect Barack ObamaBarack ObamaBiden: Trump will not undo most climate change policies Donald Trump will be president — but a President Trump may not be what voters expected American astronaut John Glenn helped others rise all his life MORE tapped Daschle to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Obama made the announcement today at a news conference in Chicago, though news of the pick leaked last month.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who took over as the Senate's top Democrat after Daschle was unseated by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in 2005, praised Daschle's commitment to healthcare reform in a statement issued by his office:
President-elect Obama has shown great judgment in selecting former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to confront our nation