Alexander Acosta sworn in as Labor Secretary

Says ‘skills gap is real and needs to be addressed’

Posted May 2, 2017

On April 27, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to the post of Labor Secretary with a vote of 60-38.

Acosta, a law graduate of Harvard University, served as a clerk for Justice Samuel Alito on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Acosta to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. In 2003, President Bush appointed him to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. He went on to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Most recently, Acosta worked as the dean of Florida International University College of Law.

In comments during his swearing-in ceremony, Acosta said, “My parents’ experience is part of who I am and frames my perspectives that I will bring to the important responsibilities of the Department of Labor. We have a lot of work to do. Too many Americans have seen jobs go overseas. Too many Americans have seen jobs filled by foreign workers. And too many Americans see that jobs are available, but that they don’t have the skills or the experience to fill those jobs. The skills gap is real and needs to be addressed.”

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