The day after the President’s Labor Department nominee withdrew due to a lack of support from Democrats, and about a dozen Republicans, Trump announced his next nominee for the position.
Trump’s nominee is Alexander Acosta, who is the first Cuban-American nominated for a cabinet post by his administration. Acosta, the dean of Florida International University, a law school, served under the George W. Bush Administration as an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. Costa also served as a clerk under former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
Acosta’s public service experience stands in contrast to other Trump nominees who have a background in business.
Andrew Puzder, a fast-food executive, and Trump’s first choice for the labor department withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday after failing to muster enough support for confirmation