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UPDATE, 11:08 a.m., April 11: President Barack Obama officially announced his nomination of Hinton, WV-native Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the position of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary April 11.

Burwell currently is director of the Office of Management and Budget. President Obama also formally accepted the resignation of outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius April 11.

The U.S. Senate will be asked to confirm Burwell's nomination to the position.

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., issued a statement about Burwell's nomination to the post April 11.

"Sylvia's practical approach to public policy, combined with her genuine compassion compassion for family needs will well serve our State and Nation," Rahall said. "West Virginians can be proud that the values we hold so dear and instilled in Sylvia early on will be put to work in this important federal partner that touches so many families in our State."

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., issued a statement about Burwell's nomination, saying the position of HHS secretary will be "tough," but that Burwell is a "proven leader and a renowned public policy expert who has earned respect from both sides of the aisle."

"I have known Sylvia her entire life, and I know she is the perfect choice for this particular job at this particular time," Rockefeller said.

Original story, 5:48 a.m. April 11:

The launch of the Affordable Care Act proved to be too much for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who announced her resignation from the post April 10.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget and a native of Hinton, has been nominated as the next Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a statement from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., April 10.

"Sylvia's experience in both the public and private sector, matched with the bipartisan relationships she has built over the years, shows that she is a public servant ready to take on this country's challenges," Manchin said. "I am confident that her leadership will ensure that we enact commonsense fixes to the Affordable Care Act to help improve the lives of millions of Americans."

Manchin went on to praise the work Sebelius has done, pointing out how he worked with her during his time as governor.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., issued a statement about Sebelius' resignation.

"For the past five years, I have marveled at Secretary Sebelius' grace under pressure," Rockefeller said. "She never backed down from the tremendous responsibilities of her position, which were of a magnitude no cabinet secretary has ever had to face with regard to domestic policy.

"As secretary, she was given the enormous task of putting in place and executing the most sweeping health care legislation in our nation's history. Not once did she let attacks from both the left and the right deter her from the goal of bringing health care to millions of uninsured Americans and working to improve the health of people across the nation."

Rockefeller went on to say Sebelius "has every reason to be proud of her service."

"I am confident that history will reflect kindly on the important work she has done and we will have a healthier nation thanks to her," he said.