Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been nominated to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. 

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump has nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Gottlieb will now begin the process of being confirmed by the Senate.

The nominee is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has also served as the deputy commissioner of the FDA under President George W. Bush, and held other roles at the agency.

“Scott Gottlieb is an excellent choice to lead FDA,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Institute. “His experience as FDA deputy commissioner and in other key FDA positions will enable him to quickly step into this important role after his confirmation.

“His appointment will be good for American consumers, the safety of their food and the role of continuous innovation. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and its member companies are committed to working with the Trump Administration and Scott Gottlieb to help assure the safety of our food supply, strong science-based nutrition policies, and the integrity and effectiveness of food labeling policies.”