Sep 26, 2019

Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Eugene Scalia.
Eugene Scalia. Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

The Senate voted 53-44 on Thursday to confirm Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary.

The big picture: The position was previously filled by acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned in July amid renewed pushback over his role in Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 plea deal.

  • Scalia is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He previously worked at the Labor Department during President George W. Bush's administration and served as an assistant to now-Attorney General William Barr in the 1990s.

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