Secretary of Labor Transition Underway

July 25, 2019
By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs

On Friday, July 12, 2019,  Alex Acosta resigned as Secretary of Labor, setting the stage for Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella (pictured left) to step in as Acting Secretary until the spot is permanently filled.

Acting Secretary Pizzella has been in public service in a variety of roles spanning every president since Ronald Reagan, with some time in the private sector as a lobbyist. He worked in the General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Education, the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Office of Personnel Management, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and two appointments to the Department of Labor.

President Trump has nominated Eugene Scalia (pictured right) to fill the role of Labor Secretary, which would require Senate confirmation. Scalia previously served as the DOL’s solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration, and before that had served in roles at the Departments of Education and Justice. He is currently an attorney in private practice specializing in labor and employment law. With Congress on the cusp of adjourning for the August recess, Scalia’s nomination won’t be considered by the Senate until September at the earliest. PHCC’s government relations team will keep you apprised of the latest developments.



Director of Legislative Affairs
, PHCC-National Association
Mark Valentini is the Director of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. A seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with several national trade associations, Valentini applies his expertise in public policy, workforce and training, and insurance and tax matters to advocate on behalf of all PHCC members.

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