Now the Dean of Florida International University College of Law, Acosta served two years on the National Labor Relations Board under President George W. Bush, worked as an assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and then served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida until 2009, when he became a dean.
Top Senate Republicans have urged the White House to withdraw the Andrew Puzder nomination for labor secretary, a senior GOP source said, adding there are four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12.
"I think he'll be a tremendous secretary of labour", Trump told a news conference.
Acosta is the first Hispanic nominee under Trump. He had later misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. "We believe he's the right American for the position".
Puzder said "while I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team".
Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants which franchises and operates Hardee's and Carl's Jr., withdrew from consideration Wednesday after push back from Democrats who are critical of his stance against minimum wage and other labor issues. He's been under fire for remarks on women and people who work for his restaurants.
After law school, Acosta worked for Samuel Alito, who was an appeals court judge at the time, in 1994 and 1995.
"Congratulations to Dean Acosta for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Labor", said HNBA national president Pedro Torres-Díaz. According to the Atlantic, Acosta prosecuted "the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and aspiring terrorist Jose Padilla".
Acosta has been dean at Florida International University since 2009 and has experience as a USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida. The committee has yet to receive his opening statement, which is usually sent 24 hours in advance, according to a staffer for Washington Democratic Sen.