Attorney Alexander Acosta Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Nationality, Spouse, Party, Education, Recognition & Net Worth


Alexander Acosta is an American attorney and politician who served as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor from 2017 to 2019. President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to be Labor Secretary on February 16, 2017, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2017. Acosta is the only Hispanic person to have served in President Trump’s Cabinet.

A member of the Republican Party, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served as the assistant attorney general for civil rights and U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He is the former dean of Florida International University College of Law.


Acosta is the only son of Cuban refugees. He is a native of Miami, Florida, where he attended the Gulliver Schools. Acosta received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard College in 1990 and received a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Harvard Law School since 1994. He is the first member of his family to graduate from college.

Following law school, Acosta served as a law clerk to Samuel Alito, then a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, since 1994 to 1995. Acosta then worked at the office of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in employment and labor issues. While in Washington, Acosta taught classes on employment law, disability-based discrimination law, and civil rights law at the George Mason University School of Law.

Bush administration

Acosta served in four presidentially appointed, U.S. Senate-confirmed positions in the George W. Bush administration. Similarly, from December 2001 to December 2002, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Acosta authorized federal intervention in an Oklahoma religious liberties case to help assure the right to wear hijab in public school, and worked with Mississippi authorities to reopen the investigation of the 1955 death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth whose abduction and killing helped spark the civil rights movement. He was the first Hispanic to serve as Assistant Attorney General.

Nomination and confirmation

President Donald Trump announced in a press conference on February 16, 2017. Further, that he would nominate Acosta to fill the position. Similarly, the position was of Secretary of Labor after the nomination of Andrew Puzder was withdrawn. Acosta is the first, and – as of May 2019 – the only Hispanic person to serve in Trump’s cabinet.


Similarly, he serves or served on the Florida Innocence Commission. That was on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, Florida Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. And on the Commission for Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities.


  • Full Name: Rene Alexander Acosta
  • Date of Birth: January 16, 1969
  • Age: 51
  • Birth Place: Miami, Florida, U.S.
  • Political party: Republican
  • Spouse(s): Jan Williams
  • Education: Harvard University (BA, JD)
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Jan Elizabeth Acosta
  • Party: Republican Party
  • Education: Harvard University (BA, JD)
  • Previous office: United States Secretary of Labor (since 2017–2019)
  • Net Worth: N/A
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