Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Health (HHS)Appointed to HHS: Early 2017
Who is Steven Valentine?
Steven Valentine’s career has focused on working to limit reproductive rights. After being appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January 2017, he quickly took the lead in dismantling the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program — including changing its focus from evidence-based sex education to ineffective abstinence-only initiatives. The shift went against the advice of both health experts and longtime HHS staff. Valentine’s 2018 promotion to Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Health gave him even more power.
“I will protest any presidential candidate who doesn’t support life.”
What Steven Valentine Controlled
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.
Background on Steven Valentine
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is proven to help teens delay sex, improve contraceptive use, and prevent pregnancy. Steven Valentine and the Trump-Pence administration’s efforts to move funds away from the program especially harmed survivors of sexual violence, LGBTQ+ teens, and young people of color.Rewire News
Valentine formerly served as a staff assistant for Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), a vocal anti-abortion legislator and chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.The Hill
Before joining HHS, Steven Valentine had only worked for anti-abortion advocates. That includes a stint as interim legislative director of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion lobbying group.Politico
Valentine’s brother, Billy, is a Vice President at the anti-abortion lobby group the Susan B. Anthony List, and he’s lobbied the administration against Title X, the nation’s only program for affordable birth control.Rewire News