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.