WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2014) — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher P. Lu as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor. He is only the second Asian American to hold a Deputy Secretary position in history.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez commended the Senate’s confirmation of Christopher P. Lu as deputy secretary of labor.
“I commend the Senate on its confirmation of Chris Lu to be the new deputy secretary of labor,” Perez said. “Chris is an enormously capable manager and a devoted public servant, whose commitment to President Obama’s opportunity agenda is second to none. He will continue to be a tenacious advocate for American workers, and I look forward to working with him on all of our priorities – from job training to wage protection to worker safety to benefits security. Welcome aboard, Deputy Secretary Lu.”
Lu is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. In 2013, he was also a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Lu served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. He was also the Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2013.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus also welcomed Lu’s confirmation.
Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus, said the Department of Labor has become an even better agency with the confirmation of his friend Christopher Lu.
“Chris brings an outstanding career of public service, and a passion for creating better opportunities for American workers, to his new position of Deputy Secretary of Labor,” Honda said. “As the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Chris understands what it means to pursue the American Dream, the urgency with which we must create ladders of opportunity to the middle class, and the need to protect the rights of working families. Chris will be an invaluable asset on job creation, wage equity, workforce development, economic fairness, and the entire array of issues within the Labor Department’s mission. I congratulate him on his confirmation, and look forward to his service on behalf of the American worker.”
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair, said Lu’s historic confirmation is an important step forward for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and marks only the second time in history that an Asian American has held a deputy secretary position.
“As a proven manager and dedicated public servant, Chris will be a great asset to the Department of Labor as it works to strengthen our economy and build ladders of opportunity for all Americans,” Chu said. “It has been a privilege to work closely with Chris over the years, and I look forward to our continued work together in his new role.”
I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Chris through our work with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and civil rights organizations such as OCA,” said Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (HI). “I wish him the best as he assumes this critical position at the Department of Labor.”
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (GU), CAPAC Vice Chair, said Lu has been an important advocate in the White House for AAPI issues, and that she is confident he will bring the same work ethic and passion to his new post at the Department of Labor.
“I look forward to working with Deputy Secretary Lu in the future, and I know he will continue to champion issues important to all hardworking American families,” she said. “I also commend the Senate on a speedy confirmation process for Deputy Secretary Lu, and I hope they will act swiftly on other important nominations.”
Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07), said Lu has the commitment, talent and experience serving the American people necessary to be successful in his new role.
“In fact, I have personally valued Chris’ counsel and expertise, as have countless Asian American community organizations and community leaders over the years,” she said. “It has been a pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to continuing to work with Chris in his new role to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), said Lu has a long history of dedication to public service, and to improving the lives of people across America. He is again answering this call to service in his new role, she said, as he has done so many times before.
“As Chris has proven in every new challenge he has tackled, he will bring a fresh perspective and a results-driven approach to his work at the Department of Labor, as he tackles tough issues like closing the skills gap and growing our economy,” she said. “I wish Chris the very best and look forward to the positive impact he will make.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), said she is delighted that the Senate has confirmed such a staunch advocate for working families.
“Throughout his impressive career as a public servant, Chris has shown his commitment to expanding opportunity and ensuring that all Americans have a chance at the American dream, and I am confident he will continue to tackle these important issues in his new role,” she said.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), said Lu is an excellent choice for this important position, and he’ll be a great asset in promoting the interests of working men and women and advancing the issues critical to the AAPI community and all Americans.
“His years of experience will serve him well, and I’m confident that our nation will greatly benefit from his outstanding leadership,” she said.
Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY-13), said Lu’s confirmation is not only a great source of pride for the Asian American community but also a huge step in moving the entire nation forward.
“I applaud President Obama and the Senate for delivering an appointee with such unparalleled experience and proven record of fighting for working families and tackling unemployment,” he said. “Mr. Lu’s dedication, combined with the leadership of Secretary Perez, will keep strengthening our economy toward building the ladders of opportunity for everyone in America.”