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

Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit HHS inspector general stepping down from watchdog role Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 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 TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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.