|27th United States Secretary of Labor|
April 28, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Perez|
|Dean of Florida International University College of Law|
July 1, 2009 – April 28, 2017
|Preceded by||Leonard Strickman|
|United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida|
June 11, 2005 – June 5, 2009
Acting: June 11, 2005 – August 3, 2006
|President||George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Marcos D. Jiménez|
|Succeeded by||Wifredo A. Ferrer|
|United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights|
August 22, 2003 – June 11, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Bradley Schlozman (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Wan J. Kim|
|Born||Rene Alexander Acosta
January 16, 1969 
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jan Elizabeth Williams|
|Education||Harvard 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. He is Republican. On February 16, 2017, he was announced as President Donald Trump's nominee for the United States Secretary of Labor.
Early life[change | change source]
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]
Personal life[change | change source]
Acosta is married to Jan Elizabeth Williams. They both live in Miami.
References[change | change source]
- Weaver, Jay; Yanez, Luisa (May 28, 2009). "U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta to lead FIU's law school". The Miami Herald.
- "U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta to head FIU law school". Miami Herald. May 27, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- "Trump to name Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- CNN, John King, Manu Raju and Dan Merica. "Trump to announce Alexander Acosta as labor secretary pick". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Trump to name Alexander Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee". Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- 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.
- United States Senate. "On the Nomination (Confirmation R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of Labor )".
Other websites[change | change source]
- Official biography from the Florida International University College of Law
- Assistant Attorney General R. Alexander Acosta