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Walsh Becomes First DOL Secretary With Union Roots Since 1975

March 23, 2021, 10:08 PM

Marty Walsh is officially the U.S. labor secretary after a short swearing-in ceremony Tuesday evening led by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Walsh, a former two-term Democratic mayor of Boston, is the first person from a union background to lead the U.S. Labor Department since 1975. Prior to becoming Boston’s mayor in 2014, he was head of the Greater Boston Building and Construction Trades Council.

The Senate confirmed Walsh on Monday evening by a vote of 68-29.

He’ll arrive at a department whose mission during the Biden administration includes pressing responsibilities related to virus response and economic recovery. That includes finalizing ...