President Joe Biden announced Julie Su as his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Current Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will leave the post later this month to become the executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Key Points:

  • Su is currently the Deputy Secretary of Labor and has been in the role since her Senate confirmation in July 2021. She previously served as California’s Labor Secretary and Labor Commissioner.
  • Before her government service, Su was a civil rights attorney for 17 years, during which she earned a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law School.
  • Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of Labor is responsible for overseeing labor certification and attestation programs, which are generally designed to ensure that the admission of foreign workers into the United States does not adversely affect the job opportunities, wages and working conditions of U.S. workers.

Additional Information: Su’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. She would be the first Asian American to serve as a cabinet secretary in the Biden administration, if confirmed. She will serve as acting Labor Secretary until her Senate confirmation hearings.

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