WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services:

"This is the absolute perfect choice. Tom Price has made health care his life's work. As a doctor, he has practiced and taught medicine, and he knows exactly how Washington's decisions affect patients. As a legislator, he has played a leading role in developing conservative health care solutions that put patients first. We could not ask for a better partner to work with Congress to fix our nation's health care challenges. I'm so happy for Tom and his family, and I commend President-elect Trump for this excellent nomination."