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On December 2, 2010, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Leon Rodriguez to the position of Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor, a post that has remained vacant during the Obama administration. Currently, Rodriguez serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, where he oversees the operations of the Division and leads the Division’s work on immigration and national-origin related matters. Rodriguez is Obama’s second nomination for the position of WHD Administrator. Obama’s first nominee, Lorlei Boylan, withdrew herself from consideration in October 2009 after her nomination received opposition, and her confirmation vote was postponed.
Before joining the Civil Rights Division, Rodriguez served as the County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his appointment as County Attorney, he spent several years in private practice at the law firm Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, where his practice focused on white-collar and health law. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Rodriguez served first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later as First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, specializing in prosecuting law enforcement misconduct, racial violence, and human trafficking. Rodriguez began his legal career in 1998 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York.