The senate recently confirmed longtime corporate lawyer Eugene Scalia as labor secretary.
President Trump selected Scalia, 56, a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, in July after his first labor secretary, R Alexander Acosta, said he intended to resign. Scalia is the son of late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, voiced ATA’s approval.
Scalia’s nomination was approved by a 53-44 vote.
“We congratulate Gene Scalia on his confirmation to serve as our nation’s next Secretary of Labor, and we look forward to working with him as he takes leadership of the department,” Spear said.
“Labor Secretary is a role we view as critical to our industry—and all American businesses—in advancing policies that enable workers to prosper and employers to create jobs in this 21st century economy.
“More than 7.8 million individuals in our nation are employed in jobs that relate to trucking, and it is the most common job in 29 states. Mr. Scalia’s extensive experience with labor policy throughout his career, and the respect he’s earned across party lines for his ability and integrity, will serve him well as labor secretary.”