Alexander Acosta

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Alexander Acosta
Alexander Acosta official portrait (cropped).jpg
27th United States Secretary of Labor
Assumed office
April 28, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byTom Perez
Dean of Florida International University College of Law
In office
July 1, 2009 – April 28, 2017
Preceded byLeonard Strickman
Succeeded byVacant
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
In office
June 11, 2005 – June 5, 2009
Acting: June 11, 2005 – August 3, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byMarcos D. Jiménez
Succeeded byWifredo A. Ferrer
United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
In office
August 22, 2003 – June 11, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byBradley Schlozman (Acting)
Succeeded byWan J. Kim
Personal details
BornRene Alexander Acosta
(1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 49)[1]
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jan Elizabeth Williams[2]
EducationHarvard College (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
*Pending Senate confirmation

Rene Alexander "Alex" Acosta (born January 16, 1969) is an American attorney. Acosta is the 27th and current United States Secretary of Labor serving since April 28, 2017. He was the dean of the Florida International University College of Law from 2009 through 2017.[3] He is Republican. On February 16, 2017, he was announced as President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States Secretary of Labor.[4]

On February 16, 2017, after the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder's nomination, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to serve as United States Secretary of Labor.[5]

Early life[change | change source]

Acosta was born in Miami, Florida. His parents are Cuban immigrants.[6] He studied at Harvard College and Harvard Law School earning both a B.S. and J.D. degree.

Law career[change | change source]

Acosta was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served in that administration as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

United States Secretary of Labor (since 2017)[change | change source]

After the unsuccessful nomination of Andrew Puzder to be United States Secretary of Labor, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to fill the position on February 16, 2017.[7][8]

On April 27, 2017, Acosta was confirmed by the U. S. Senate by a 60–38 vote.[9]

Personal life[change | change source]

Acosta is married to Jan Elizabeth Williams. They both live in Miami.

References[change | change source]

  1. Weaver, Jay; Yanez, Luisa (May 28, 2009). "U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta to lead FIU's law school". The Miami Herald.
  2. http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20140219/ARTICLES/140219474
  3. "U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta to head FIU law school". Miami Herald. May 27, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  4. "Trump to name Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  5. CNN, John King, Manu Raju and Dan Merica. "Trump to announce Alexander Acosta as labor secretary pick". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  6. "Trump to name Alexander Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  7. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-set-announce-alexander-acosta-new-labor-secretary-pick-n721771
  8. Baker, Peter (2017-02-16). "R. Alexander Acosta, Law School Dean, Is Trump's New Pick for Labor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  9. United States Senate. "On the Nomination (Confirmation R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor )".

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