Essentia Health has appointed Andrew Askew to serve as vice president of public policy.

Starting Feb. 4, Askew will be responsible for the health system's government relations and public policy strategy for Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as for elevating Essentia in national health care policy conversations, according to a news release.

Askew previously served as a lobbyist and on Essentia's public policy team that focused on North Dakota issues. He did this while working as an attorney for Pearce Durick in Bismarck.

He practices commercial and business litigation, administrative law and civil litigation, according to Pearce Durick's website.

He attended the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, where he received his law degree. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English from North Dakota and a bachelor's degree in business management from St. Cloud State University, according to the release.

Essentia CEO David Herman said in the release that he appreciates Askew's passion for public policy work.

“In his new role, Andy will expand upon that work as he forges trusting relationships on a broader scale,” he wrote.

Askew takes over for Michael Mahoney, who died in 2019.