Biden Chooses Boston Mayor Marty Walsh As Labor Secretary
Walsh is a veteran union operative, eventually rising to lead Boston’s Building and Construction Trades Council, a group that represents ironworker and electrician unions, among others. He outlasted California Labor Secretary Julie Su, who was believed to be among the finalists and Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, who had support from major unions. Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders had also sought the support of labor leaders, but was largely rebuffed.
The decision to select Walsh, which was first reported by Politico
, is a victory for AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who rallied his federation of 56 unions to back the Boston mayor soon after Biden won the election in November.
After months of speculation, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has been added to president-elect Joe Biden’s list of cabinet choices.
On Thursday, sources told CBS News that Biden plans to nominate Walsh as labor secretary and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo commerce secretary.
Walsh’s name had been floated as a potential choice for the position since November, though Walsh had declined to comment on the speculation.
“What I’ve been focused on quite honestly in the last nine months, in particular the last five days, is focusing on COVID-19 in the city of Boston,” Walsh said on Tuesday. “I’m going to stay focused on that.”
It is not yet known when Walsh could begin the confirmation process. The Democratic mayor is up for re-election in November.