Trump to Introduce New Labor Secretary Nominee, Alexander Acosta

Trump to introduce new labor secretary nominee, Alexander Acosta, from the East Room of the White House this afternoon. Alexander Acosta, who is Cuban-American, would be the only Latino in Trump’s cabinet, if successfully confirmed. Acosta is currently the Dean of Florida International Univerity College of Law in Miami.

Acosta is a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerked for Judge Samuel Alito on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1994-1995), and worked for mega-law firm, Kirkland & Ellis specializing in employment and labor issues. Acosta was then appointed to the National Labor Relations Board (2002-2003) by President George W. Bush. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (2003-2005). He served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (2005-2009).

The nomination of Acosta comes after the abrupt withdrawal of his previous nominee, Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, amid allegations of past domestic abuse.

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