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Two Aspen-Rodel Fellows Join White House Cabinet

July 19, 2013

Two former Aspen-Rodel Fellows have successfully passed through Congressional confirmation to head the US Departments of Transportation and Labor.  

2011 Aspen-Rodel Fellow and former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony Foxx, was sworn in as US Transportation Secretary on July 2nd. He was sworn in after being confirmed by the Senate in a 100-0 vote. 

On July 18th, the US Senate confirmed 2005 Aspen-Rodel Fellow Tom Perez as US Labor Secretary. Perez, who was an assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, was confirmed on a 54-46 party-line vote. Perez was in the inaugural class of the Aspen-Rodel Fellows.

The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore, through study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, and to help America’s brightest young leaders achieve their fullest potential in public service.