Andrew Puzder withdraws as nominee to be Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Feb. 16, 2017: Andrew Puzder withdrew as the nominee to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Puzder’s first confirmation hearing at the U.S. Senate was scheduled for today, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, had told officials at the White House that Puzder did not have the necessary votes in the Senate to be confirmed for the post. Puzder is the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. franchises across the United States. Puzder, 66, a Cleveland native, received his law degree in 1978 from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he was the senior editor on the Law Review. From 1978 to 1991, Puzder was a commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis. From 1978 to 1983, he was an associate at the law offices of St. Louis lawyer Morris Shenker, who he represented in various matters. In 1984, Puzder moved to The Stolar Partnership in St. Louis and worked with Charles A. Seigel, another St. Louis area trial lawyer. Puzder has worked as the president and CEO of CKE since September, 2000. Puzder has been a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities and a guest on business news programs, including “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Varney & Co.,” “Mornings with Maria,” “The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly,” “Mad Money with Jim Cramer,” “Fast Money” on CNBC, “Power Lunch,” “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” and “Squawk on the Street.”

Attribution: The Washington Examiner, The Associated Press

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