On April 27, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as the 27th Secretary of Labor. Following a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the full Senate approved Acosta in a 60-38 vote. Acosta was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on April 28, 2017. The press release announcing his appointment can be found at:
Prior to his confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Acosta served in three Senate-confirmed positions. In 2002, he was appointed to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, where he was involved in or authored more than 125 opinions. In 2003, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. From 2005 to 2009, Acosta served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Before his tenure in the government, Acosta clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Thereafter, he went on to work at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis as well as teach at George Mason University School of Law and serve as the dean of Florida International University College of Law.
Acosta received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
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