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Alexander Acosta
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27th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
April 28, 2017 – July 19, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy Patrick Pizzella
Preceded by Tom Perez
Succeeded by Eugene Scalia
Dean of Florida International University College of Law
In office
July 1, 2009 – April 28, 2017
Preceded by Leonard Strickman
Succeeded by Vacant
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
In office
June 11, 2005 – June 5, 2009
Acting: June 11, 2005 – August 3, 2006
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Marcos D. Jiménez
Succeeded by Wifredo A. Ferrer
United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
In office
August 22, 2003 – June 11, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Bradley Schlozman (Acting)
Succeeded by Wan J. Kim
Personal details
Born
Rene Alexander Acosta

January 16, 1969 (1969-01-16) (age 51)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jan Elizabeth Williams
Education Harvard College (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Rene Alexander "Alex" Acosta (born January 16, 1969) is an American attorney. Acosta was the 27th United States Secretary of Labor serving from April 28, 2017 until July 19, 2019. 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.

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. He resigned on July 19, 2019.

Early life

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

Law career

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)

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.

On April 27, 2017, Acosta was confirmed by the U. S. Senate by a 60–38 vote. Acosta announced on July 12, 2019 his resignation effective July 19.

Personal life

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



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