ABOUT RENEE ELLMERS
Renee Ellmers was appointed by the White House to serve as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), Regional Director of Region 4 in May 2017. As a Presidential Appointee, Mrs. Ellmers provided executive leadership as the primary representative for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The office of the Regional Director was also tasked with intergovernmental and external affairs bringing together federal, state, local and tribal government organizations, along with other external partners.
In her role, Mrs. Ellmers was responsible for the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as six federally recognized tribes; making Region 4 the largest of ten regions.
Mrs. Ellmers made the jump from private citizen and civic leader into politics in response to the effort by Congress and the Barack Obama administration to overhaul the nation’s health-care system in 2009 with the Affordable Care Act. Ellmers was an outspoken critic of the bill almost from the start. In August 2009, she went to the Hands Off My Health Care bus tour as it swung through her area, telling the local press covering the event that as medical professionals both she and her husband opposed the bill.
That year she also started attending meetings of the local Harnett County Republican Party and by the start of December, Ellmers’ frustration with the health-care legislation motivated her to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. She won the election in 2010 and was subsequently elected to two more terms.
In Congress she served on the Health Subcommittee, Energy & Power Subcommittee, and the Communications & Technology Subcommittee of the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee. As a congresswoman, Mrs. Ellmers supported and called for funding of the 21st Century Cures Act. This Act brings health care innovation and infrastructure into the 21st Century, delivering hope for patients and loved ones and providing necessary resources to researchers to continue their efforts to uncover the next generation of cures and treatments.
Mrs. Ellmers was born and raised in Michigan. After high school, she worked as a medical assistant and used her wages to pay tuition at nearby Oakland Community College and eventually Oakland University, earning her B.S. in Nursing and graduating in 1990. Ellmers began her career as a Surgical Intensive Care Nurse at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI where she also met her future husband Dr. Brent Ellmers. She later became Clinical Director for Ellmers General Surgery and Trinity Wound Care Center in Dunn, North Carolina.
Mrs. Ellmers was active in her community as a PTO Mom, Catechism Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Dunn Planning Board and one of the Founding Members of the Betsy Johnson Hospital Foundation.
Mrs. Ellmers is pursuing a Masters of Nursing in Health Systems Management-Online at Johns Hopkins University. She currently lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband of 25 years, Brent, who is a General Surgeon, and her son Ben, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University.