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Biden Nominates Julie Su as his First Asian American Cabinet Secretary

Biden Nominates Julie Su as his First Asian American Cabinet Secretary – During a White House ceremony on Wednesday, President Joe Biden presented his nominee to head the US labor department, Julie Su, and referred to her as “the American dream.” If her confirmation is approved, she will be the first cabinet secretary of Asian American descent in the Biden administration. 

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Julie Su, who is a former director of the California labor department and a civil rights attorney, had both of her parents immigrate to the United States from China.  During the introduction of Su as his nominee to lead the US labor department, President Biden highlighted that her mother worked for a union and her father was a small business owner. “I think even more importantly, she’s committed to making sure that dream is within reach of every American,” Biden said. 

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In her own remarks to lawmakers and officials, Su said: “Sixty years ago, my mom came to the United States on a cargo ship because she couldn’t afford a passenger ticket.” “Recently, she got a call from the president of the United States telling her that her daughter was going to be nominated to be US labor secretary.”

Noting that a union job gave her parents a path to the middle class, eventually leading her to college at Stanford and law school at Harvard. Su said: “I believe in the transformative power of America, and I know the transformative power of a good job.”

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Lawmakers have expressed concern to President Biden about the lack of cabinet secretaries of Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) background, despite the fact that the parents of both the US trade representative, Katherine Tai, who grew up in Taiwan, and Vice President Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian, have AAPI heritage. Su is currently deputy labor secretary. If confirmed she will take over from Marty Walsh, who is leaving to lead the National Hockey League player’s union.


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