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Assembly Labor Chair Ash Kalra Releases Statement on Julie Su's Nomination as Deputy Secretary of Labor

For immediate release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment, responded today to President Joe Biden’s planned nomination of California Labor Secretary Julie Su to serve as the United States Deputy Secretary of Labor:

“I commend President Joe Biden for recognizing Julie Su for her exceptional leadership and nominating a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to serve in this capacity. The decision to nominate Secretary Su to serve in a cabinet-level position of the federal government is great news for all working people across the nation.

“Julie Su has spent her career fighting for workers’ rights here in California—from heading our state’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement under Governor Jerry Brown to being appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency—and I have no doubt that she will continue to thrive in her new role as the United States Deputy Secretary of Labor.

“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment and a member of California’s Future of Work Commission, it has been an honor working with Secretary Su while she helped guide the Commission’s work on creating economic equity and promoting job quality. I look forward to having a partner and dedicated advocate for workers in the federal Department of Labor.”


Assemblymember Ash Kalra was first elected to the California Legislature in 2016, representing the 27th District, which encompasses approximately half of San Jose and includes all of downtown. In 2020, he was re-elected to his third term. Assemblymember Kalra is the Chair of the State Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and also currently serves as a member on the Housing and Community Development, Judiciary, Transportation, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife committees.