President Obama resubmitted two nominations to the Senate for labor posts after the Senate failed to act upon the nominations before the close of the 111th Congress. On January 5, Obama resubmitted the nominations of Leon Rodriguez to be Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and Thomas M. Beck to be a member of the National Mediation Board (NMB).
Rodriguez was originally nominated to be WHD Administrator on December 3. Currently, Rodriguez serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Rodriguez is Obama’s second nominee for the position of WHD Administrator after his first nominee, Lorlei Boylan, withdrew herself from consideration in October 2009.
Beck was originally nominated to serve on the NMB in September. He is slated to replace fellow Republican Elizabeth Dougherty, whose term on the NMB ended in June. Dougherty continues to serve pending her replacement. Currently, Beck serves as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), to which he was nominated by President Bush in October 2008.