Department of Aging secretary resigns

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HARRISBURG -- Department of Aging Secretary Nora Dowd Eisenhower, who led the 2003 expansion of the state's prescription assistance program, has resigned to take a private-sector job, Gov. Ed Rendell said yesterday.

He promoted John Michael Hall, head of the state Office of Long Term Living, to serve as interim aging secretary after Ms. Dowd Eisenhower's departure Oct. 31.

"Nora has been a strong, outspoken advocate for our state's 2.5 million older adults, working hard to improve the level and quality of services offered to seniors across Pennsylvania," Mr. Rendell said.

During her tenure, she expanded the state's prescription drug coverage program to include an additional 120,000 older adults for a total of 430,000, he said.

As secretary, Ms. Dowd Eisenhower, 54, of Philadelphia, has been a member of the governor's cabinet and chairwoman of the attorney general's task force on fraud and the elderly. She has been secretary for six years.

She previously served as deputy attorney general in the Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington, D.C., as executive director of the Pennsylvania AARP and a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission.

She is married to Jim Eisenhower, who ran for state attorney general in 2004 and is now representing Michael Manzo, a former top aide to House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese and star witness for the prosecution in a government corruption case in Harrisburg.


Tracie Mauriello can be reached at tmauriello@post-gazette.com or 717-787-2141.


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