CAPAC Urges President-Elect Biden to Nominate Julie Su to be U.S. Secretary of Labor

Dec 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) restated their strong support for the nomination of Julie Su as U.S. Secretary of Labor and urged President-Elect Biden to nominate her for this role. For weeks, Members have been calling on the President-Elect to nominate an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cabinet Secretary. As more cabinet nominees are announced, it is clear that this could be the first time in over two decades that there will not be a single AAPI Secretary serving in a presidential cabinet. CAPAC Members released the following statement:  

“We strongly support Julie Su for the position of Secretary of Labor and urge President-Elect Biden to nominate her to fill this critical vacancy in his administration. Not only would Julie bring greater diversity to the Cabinet, but she is also the most qualified person for the job. As Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Julie oversees the labor department of our most populous state and is eminently qualified to take on the responsibility of U.S. Secretary of Labor on Day One. She has advised on labor policy at the executive level and run a labor agency, and her expertise, experience and proven success have garnered support from both labor organizations and the business community alike.

“As both a woman of color and the daughter of immigrants, Secretary Su would bring a diversity of thought and experience to the Cabinet. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of workers’ rights, fair labor practices, and advancing equity and opportunities for all workers, including the most vulnerable who are often overlooked. Her background spearheading statewide efforts to combat wage theft and worker retaliation, oversee both worker compensation and unemployment insurance, and protect the health and safety of working Americans make her supremely qualified to help steer our nation as we work to recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“President-Elect Biden promised to build an inclusive government that reflects the full diversity of our nation and that must include AAPIs. For over two decades, there has always been at least one AAPI Cabinet Secretary under both Democratic and Republican administrations. We urge President-elect Biden to continue this progress by nominating Julie Su as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.”