District of Columbia — President Donald Trump announced Eugene Scalia, the son of former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, as his nomination for the Secretary of Labor position after former secretary Alex Acosta announced his resignation effective Friday. Acting Secretary Patrick Pizella will serve as the interim Secretary of Labor until Scalia is confirmed and sworn in.
In a tweet thread Thursday night, President Trump announced his selection, “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Eugene 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 working with labor and everyone else. He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any Administration in history!”
Scalia has served as a special assistant to United States Attorney General William Barr during his first tenure as attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration, and as the top lawyer for the Labor Department during George W. Bush’s tenure. Scalia was also hired by Wal-Mart to defend them in lawsuits from former employees who claimed they were fired for whistleblowing about wrongdoing from within the corporation.