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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., voted to confirm Alexander Acosta as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Acosta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a bipartisan vote of 60-38.

“American businesses and job creators are ready to grow. After years of a heavy-handed federal regulatory regime, America needs the new leadership Alexander Acosta will bring to the Department of Labor to help our economy thrive,” said Isakson, chairman of the Senate labor subcommittee. “I look forward to working with him to aid America’s 21st century workforce.” 

Prior to today’s floor vote, Acosta’s nomination was passed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on March 30, 2017, where Isakson voted by proxy in favor of Acosta.

Acosta served under former President George W. Bush as a member of the National Labor Relations Board from Dec. 17, 2002, until Aug. 21, 2003. He was then appointed to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2003 until 2005, the first Hispanic American to hold this position.

Acosta also served under former President Bush as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2006 until 2009, when he resigned to become dean of Florida International University College of Law. Previously, Isakson supported Acosta’s nomination to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida when it passed by a voice vote in the full Senate on Aug. 8, 2006.

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