September 27, 2019 3:15 PM, EDT

Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia to Become Next Labor Secretary

Eugene ScaliaScalia by Cliff Owen/AP

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The U.S. Senate on Sept. 26 confirmed Eugene Scalia to become the country’s next Secretary of Labor.

The chamber voted 53 to 44 along party lines.

Scalia is the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He will succeed Alexander Acosta, who stepped down over the summer.

Most Republicans had expressed strong support for Scalia’s confirmation, while key Democrats criticized aspects of his career as a corporate lawyer.

Scalia was a partner at the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In 2001, he was the Labor Department’s Solicitor of Labor.

Several groups, such as American Trucking Associations, praised the latest addition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

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“We congratulate Gene Scalia on his confirmation to serve as our nation’s next secretary of labor, and we look forward to working with him as he takes leadership of the department,” ATA President Chris Spear said in a statement. “Labor secretary is a role we view as critical to our industry — and all American businesses — in advancing policies that enable workers to prosper and employers to create jobs in this 21st century economy.”