Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
Eugene Scalia was sworn in as Secretary of Labor on September 27, 2019. As Secretary, he oversees the enforcement and administration of more than 180 federal employment laws covering more than 150 million workers and 10 million workplaces. Laws administered by the Department include the workplace safety requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration, federal minimum wage and overtime protections, the anti-discrimination requirements applicable to federal contractors, and ERISA’s protection of the more than $11 trillion held in employee retirement plans and health plans.
When Secretary Scalia was administered the oath of office in 2019, President Trump said that he “is one of the most qualified people ever confirmed as Secretary of Labor.” Scalia’s experience includes serving as Solicitor of Labor—the Department’s top legal officer—to then-Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, and working as a Special Assistant to Attorney General William P. Barr, for which he received the Justice Department’s highest distinguished service award. Scalia spent many years as a partner at a prominent law firm, where he was called a “visionary” by one legal publication for his work challenging unlawful regulations, and was recognized by other publications as a leading practitioner for labor and employment law, securities law, and appellate litigation.
Secretary Scalia graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia, and attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He and his wife Trish have seven children. He is the son of Maureen and Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court Justice.