- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former health care adviser to Mitt Romney has been named the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that Cindy Gillespie would take over as DHS director beginning March 1. Gillespie worked for Romney when he served as Massachusetts governor and as a campaign fundraiser during his 2012 run for president.

Gillespie also served on the nonprofit responsible for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Gillespie will take over for John Selig, who announced his resignation last fall. She’ll oversee DHS as the Legislature considers the future of Arkansas’ “private option” Medicaid expansion that has provided health insurance for more than 200,000 Arkansans.

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