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2017-02-16 14:18:13
Trump nominates law dean of Florida International University for labor secretary

President Donald J. Trump has announced that he is nominating Florida International University law dean R. Alexander Acosta to become secretary of labor.

Trump chose Acosta after the withdrawal of his first choice for the cabinet position, fast-food chief executive officer Andrew Puzder, report the Washington Post, the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

Acosta is Trump’s first Latino cabinet nominee. According to the Miami Herald, Acosta “not only boasts stellar conservative credentials but is recognized as a political pragmatist.”

Acosta is a former U.S. attorney in Miami who served on the National Labor Relations Board in the Bush administration and headed the civil rights section in the Department of Justice. He has a Harvard University law degree and is a former clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Trump said in his announcement.

Acosta also is the chair of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities. ABA President Linda A. Klein of Atlanta offered her congratulations to Acosta in a tweet on Thursday.

Congrats to Alex Acosta, Labor sec nominee, chair of ABA Commission on @Hispanic_Legal Rights and Responsibilities @ABADiversity

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