WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump chose law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his nominee for secretary of labor after his first pick stepped aside.
Acosta served on the National Labor Relations Board and as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Former President George W. Bush named him assistant attorney general for civil rights and in 2009 he was selected as dean of the FIU College of Law in 2009.
If confirmed as labor secretary, Acosta would be first Hispanic member of Trump’s Cabinet. Acosta would be a “tremendous” secretary of labor, Trump said.
Trump’s first pick to lead the Labor Department Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination Wednesday after it became clear he lacked enough Republican votes for Senate confirmation.
Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.
But Republicans, too, had grown weary of the range of liabilities facing Puzder, and senior GOP officials informed the White House Tuesday night and Wednesday that Puzder lacked a viable path for confirmation.