Rene Alexander Acosta is an American attorney and politician. He served as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor from 2017 to 2019. He resigned on July 19 and was replaced by Eugene Scalia. Acosta served in four presidentially appointed, U.S. Senate-confirmed positions in the George W. Bush administration.
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Rene Alexander Acosta is an American attorney and politician. He served as the 27th United States Secretary of Labor from 2017 to 2019. In 2007–2008, as U.S. attorney, Acosta approved a plea deal that allowed child-trafficking ring-leader Jeffrey Epstein to plead guilty to a single state charge of solicitation. He resigned on July 19 and was replaced by Eugene Scalia. Acosta served in four presidentially appointed, U. S. Senate-confirmed positions in the George W. Bush administration. He was the first Hispanic to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. In 2005, he prosecuted the lobbyist Jackoff Abramoff, the terrorism suspect José Padilla, and Charles McArther Emmanuel, the son of the former leader of Liberia. Other notable cases include the corruption commissioner of Palm Beach County, Tony Masilotti, and the former chairman of the Warren County Commission, Tony Warren. He is a former dean of Florida International University College of Law. He 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 1994. Acosta was a member of the Board of Trustees of Gulliver Schools, where he served a past term as board chairman. He is the first member of his family to graduate from college, and he is the only son of Cuban refugees. He also served as a law clerk to Samuel Alito, then a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, from 1994 to 1995.
He taught classes on employment law, disability-based discrimination law, and civil rights law at the George Mason University School of Law in Washington, D. C. While in D.C., Acosta became the new chairman of U. s. Century Bank, the largest domestically owned Hispanic community bank in Florida and one of the 15 largest Hispanic community banks in the nation. In December 2013, he was a board member for the Florida State Board of Education. He has served on the National Labor Relations Board for which he participated in or authored more than 125 opinions, and on the Florida Board of Regents for the University of Florida. He 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. His office successfully prosecuted the founder of the Cali Cartel, Jack Abramoff. In July 2015, he became the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Division of Criminal Justice. He previously served as an assistant attorney general for the Southern District of Florida, and later as the U. S. Attorney for Florida. His tenure as attorney for Florida included the prosecution of several white collar crime cases, including one against Swiss bank UBS, which provided the first time in history in paying fines, and for the first. time in the UBS case, the names of individuals using secret bank accounts to avoid UBS taxes.