President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his formal intent to nominate Eugene Scalia to serve as the next secretary of labor.
Mr. Trump initially announced his selection of Mr. Scalia in July.
Mr. Scalia, a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has handled prominent cases involving the Department of Labor — most notably the reversal of its fiduciary rule. He was part of a Gibson Dunn team representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and other associations in successful challenges to the fiduciary rule, including during oral arguments before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Mr. Scalia has extensive Labor Department experience, including serving as solicitor — the legal officer responsible for all department litigation and legal advice on rule-making and administrative law. He also served as a special assistant to the attorney general.
Following the resignation of Alexander Acosta in July, Patrick Pizzella, the deputy secretary, has served as acting secretary. He will remain in that role until Mr. Scalia is confirmed by the Senate.