On February 16, 2017, President Trump announced his selection of Alexander Acosta as the new nominee for Secretary of Labor.  This was less than a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  Currently, Mr. Acosta is dean of the College of Law at Florida International University and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.S. Century Bank.  He is a native of Miami, FL and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.  After law school he served as law clerk to Samuel Alito.  Mr. Acosta served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, and U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Florida.  In 2011 he testified in front of a U.S. Senate subcommittee, where he expressed support for Muslim Americans’ civil rights.  Mr. Acosta will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  We will keep you posted on new developments.

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