He’s Hired! New Secretary of Labor Sworn In

Four months after taking office, Trump has filled a long-vacant Secretary of Labor cabinet position.  On April 27, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta in a vote of 60 to 38.  Acosta left his position as dean of the Florida International University’s College of Law when he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Friday, April 28.
 
Secretary Acosta’s new role marks his return to public sector work.  Prior to his time in academia, he worked in both private practice and in various public sector roles, including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and as an appointed member of the National Labor Relations Board.  Secretary Acosta also has experience clerking for judges on the U.S. Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
 
In comments made immediately following his swearing-in, Secretary Acosta stated “Too many Americans have seen jobs go overseas.  Too many Americans have seen jobs filled by foreign workers.  Too many Americans see that jobs are available, but that they don’t have the skills or the experience to fill those jobs. The skills gap is real and needs to be addressed.  Supporting Americans abilities to find good jobs, safe jobs, is a priority for President Trump, for Vice President Pence and for me.”  Such comments echo themes that have come up in the early days of the Trump administration, suggesting that Acosta intends to focus DOL efforts around themes presented in Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order.