Damian Green was appointed secretary of state for work and pensions by Theresa May, the new U.K. prime minister.
He replaces Stephen Crabb, who resigned Thursday. Mr. Crabb said in a statement that his resignation was in the best interests of his family. He had held the role since March.
Mr. Green, the member of Parliament for Ashford, England, takes on overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions. The DWP is responsible for the administration of the State Pension and working-age benefits system, which provides support to people of working age, employers, retirees, families and children, and disabled people.
Mr. Green’s most recent ministerial role was as minister of state for policing, criminal justice and victims — a position that covered both the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. He held that position between 2012 and 2014.
The current appointment comes as part of a number of changes to the U.K. Cabinet following Ms. May’s ascension to prime minister. She replaced David Cameron, who resigned following the outcome of a referendum June 23 to decide on the U.K.’s future membership in the European Union. The country voted 52% in favor of leaving the EU.