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Who is Labor secretary pick Alexander Acosta?

President to announce pick at White House press conference

 

President Trump nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor on Thursday after fast food exec Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration. 

Here are six things to know about the nominee:

  • He currently is dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century Bank.
  • Prior to becoming the dean at FIU, Acosta served as the first Hispanic assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department under the George W. Bush administration and was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
  • He served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • The Miami native graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Economics, as well as from Harvard Law School.
  • He practiced law at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis before teaching at the George Mason School of Law.
  • He also serves or has served on the Florida Innocence Commission, Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, Florida Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the American Bar Association’s Commission for Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities.