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More information about President Trump’s second pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor is emerging. Alex Acosta, currently the dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, has garnered some praise from both sides of aisle for his previous experience in government. According to a new report from The Hill, Acosta served in three presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions from 2002 to 2009. Each appointment was made by President George W. Bush. From December 2002 to August 2003, Acosta served as an National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member and participated in more than 125 opinions. However, a 2008 Justice Department investigation in which Acosta was accused of inadequate oversight regarding a subordinate’s hiring behavior – along with a letter he wrote to a federal judge in Ohio justifying “vote caging” during the 2004 U.S. presidential election – could put him in hot water with Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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