Ex-health chief Price joins new Georgia governor's transition team

Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Isakson talks up bipartisanship in Senate farewell speech Hundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia MORE, who resigned as secretary of Health and Human Services last year following controversy about his use of a private jet, is joining the transition team of Georgia Gov.-elect Brian Kemp (R).

Kemp, who just prevailed over Democrat Stacey Abrams in the closely watched gubernatorial race, announced Price would be among the members of his transition team at a press conference on Monday.

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Asked by a reporter about the selection, Kemp said Price would be helping with policy planning. “Obviously he's got a lot of great experience with health care,” Kemp said.

“No one is more experienced with legislative matters than Tom Price and certainly his time in D.C. as well, so he's a valuable member of our team, but we're going to continue to work with a lot of different people on healthcare,” Kemp added.

Price resigned last year as secretary of Health and Human Services after a series of Politico stories found that he spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on private jet flights.

Before joining President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE’s Cabinet, Price was a member of Congress from Georgia and before that a member of the state legislature.

Abrams made expanding Medicaid in Georgia under the Affordable Care Act a key part of her campaign. Kemp opposes that expansion.