Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Rep), Alex Acosta (Labor).

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Rep), Alex Acosta (Labor).

President Donald Trump‘s choice of Miami resident Alex Acosta for Labor secretary brings to four the number of Floridians Trump has tapped for Cabinet-level posts.

 

Part-time Palm Beacher Trump’s nominees include three Palm Beach County residents.

 

• Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson, a former GOP presidential rival who endorsed Trump last March, is Trump’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He’s awaiting Senate confirmation.

 

• Palm Beach resident Wilbur Ross, who lives about a mile north of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, was picked for Commerce secretary and is also awaiting Senate confirmation.

 

• Acosta, announced yesterday after Andy Puzder withdrew, hails from Miami and is dean of the law school at Florida International University after serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida under President George W. Bush.

 

Robert Lighthizer, an attorney awaiting Senate confirmation as Trump’s choice for U.S. Trade Representative, is often listed as a Maryland resident but has a homestead exemption in Palm Beach and has been registered to vote there since December 2015.

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