On Thursday, February 16, President Trump named former United States Attorney R. Alexander Acosta (Southern District of Florida) to be his next pick for labor secretary. Acosta served as an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. He also served on the National Labor Relations Board. He is currently the dean of the law school at Florida International University. He also served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. , when Alito was a judge on the Third Circuit.
Acosta received his law degree from Harvard Law School, worked at Kirkland & Ellis and taught at George Mason University Law School.