Last week, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, who had been under fire for agreeing to a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein while a U.S. Attorney, resigned and left the Department of Labor, leaving Patrick Pizzella as the Acting Secretary of Labor. The Trump Administration has named Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, as Alex Acosta’s successor,
Eugene Scalia was once the Solicitor of Labor in the Labor Department, and, while in private law practice, his firm has involved in major litigation of labor law issues on the side of employers. He attended the University of Virginia before obtaining a law degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Penn. In 1992-93, he served as Special Assistant to then-Attorney General William Barr.
Mr. Scalia’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, which will probably not begin to get underway until September.