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Obama to Nominate Former Clinton Aide to No. 2 Labor Spot

On February 23, 2009, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Seth Harris for the Number 2 Labor Spot under Hilda Solis. Harris was a former labor policy aide in the Clinton administration for almost seven years serving as the counselor to the labor secretary and as acting assistant secretary of labor for policy, among other policy-advising positions. In the Obama administration, Harris would serve as the deputy secretary of the Department of Labor under Hilda Solis. Harris most recently served as the Obama transition project’s agency working group leader for the labor, education, and transportation agencies.
His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. The Senate is also expected to vote on the confirmation Solis as labor secretary as soon as February 24, 2009.
Harris is currently a professor and the director of labor and employment law programs at New York Law School, serves as a senior fellow of the Life Without Limits Project of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and is a member of the National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.
Before joining the Clinton administration, he was a law clerk to Judge William Canby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Judge Gene Carter of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
Harris graduated cum laude in 1990 from New York University School of Law where he was editor-in-chief of the Review of Law and Social Change. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1983.


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