President Donald Trump announced that he intends to nominate attorney Gene Scalia as the next secretary of labor after Alex Acosta stepped down last week.
The president made his announcement in a tweet late on Thursday, July 18, saying, “Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience … working with labor and everyone else.”
He added that Scalia “will be a great member of an administration that has done more in the first two and a half years years than perhaps any administration in history!”
I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
Scalia will succeed Acosta after the former labor secretary resigned on July 12 amid controversy of his handling of a 2008 plea deal for well-known financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges.
According to Fox News, Scalia, 55, is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and currently a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Scalia once worked as the chief legal officer for the Labor Department as well as a special assistant to Attorney General Bill Barr under former President George W. Bush.
President Trump’s new pick for the Labor Department is expected to face headwinds from Democrats in his confirmation hearings, because he has routinely represented major corporations in workers’ rights cases.