President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is now complete, as the Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as secretary of the Department of Labor on a 60-38 vote Thursday evening.
The vote came just two days before Trump will mark his 100th day in office.
Acosta, who now serves as dean of the Florida International University School of Law, was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2006 to 2009. He led several public corruption prosecutions in Palm Beach County following Palm Beach Post reports and federal investigations.
From an earlier report by Palm Beach Post reporter John Pacenti:
Acosta’s “office also was involved in the controversial prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, deciding in 2008 to let state prosecutors handled charges that Epstein engaged in sex with dozens of underage girls in what victims in a court document called ‘a sweetheart plea deal.’
“But Acosta’s public corruption prosecutions took plenty of scalps.
“Palm Beach County Commissioners Tony Masilotti, Warren Newell and Mary McCarty and West Palm Beach City Commissioners Jim Exline and Ray Liberti ended up doing time on corruption charges. And they were just the big names.”
Acosta is the first Hispanic on Trump’s Cabinet. He joins two other Floridians: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a Palm Beach resident, and Housing Secretary Ben Carson, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens.
Trump nominated Acosta for the Labor secretary post in February after Trump’s initial pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration.