The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Seema Nanda as the solicitor for the Department of Labour.
A former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who additionally served within the Department of Labour in the course of the Obama Administration, Nanda was confirmed by the Senate with 53-46 votes on Wednesday.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu applauded the Senate vote.
“I am thrilled to congratulate Seema Nanda on her confirmation to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labour. Whether it’s risks from coronavirus, rising temperatures from climate change, or unscrupulous employers, workers continue to face difficult challenges every day,” she stated.
This is why it’s so important that President Joe Biden selected any individual with Nanda’s expertise as the Solicitor of Labour, she stated.
“Her office will play a central role in fighting legal battles and challenges. With experience as the deputy solicitor and chief of staff at the Department of Labor under Secretary Tom Perez, I know that Seema will be a champion for workers’ rights and vulnerable communities from the very start,” Chu stated.
Nanda served as chief of employees, deputy chief of employees and deputy solicitor on the US Department of Labour within the Obama-Biden administration.
Earlier, she spent over 15 years in varied roles as a labour and employment legal professional, largely in authorities service.
Nanda led the now named Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division the place she served as a supervisor legal professional within the Division of Advice on the National Labour Relations Board, and labored as an affiliate in non-public follow in Seattle.
After the Obama-Biden administration, Nanda led the Democratic National Committee as the CEO and served as the COO and govt vp on the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Nanda is presently a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labour and Worklife Programme.
She grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.