Howard M. Radzely

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Howard Radzely
United States Secretary of Labor
In office
January 20, 2009 – February 2, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Elaine Chao
Succeeded by Edward C. Hugler (acting)
Personal details
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Alma mater Wharton School of Business

Howard Marc Radzely was the Deputy Secretary of Labor, the chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Cabinet agency with over 15,000 employees and an annual budget of over $50 billion, from December 19, 2007, through February 2, 2009. During that same period, Mr. Radzely also served on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a government agency that aids U.S. businesses in overseas investment and economic development, and he was a designated member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which monitors China’s human rights record and legal development.

President George W. Bush designated Mr. Radzely the Acting Deputy Secretary of Labor effective January 24, 2007, and nominated him for the permanent position on May 10, 2007. Mr. Radzely was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary on December 19, 2007. Before serving as the Acting Deputy Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Mr. Radzely spent over three years as the Solicitor of Labor, the chief legal officer in the Department; he was confirmed as Solicitor on December 9, 2003.

Mr. Radzely first joined the Department on June 4, 2001, as the Deputy Solicitor of Labor. He served as both the Deputy Solicitor and Acting Solicitor from June 2001 until January 2002. He also served as Acting Solicitor from January 2003 until his confirmation as Solicitor.

Before joining the Department, Radzely was an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., concentrating in labor and employment law. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, but before entering private practice, Radzely clerked for J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and for Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States.

Radzely served as the Acting Secretary of Labor from January 20, 2009, until February 2, 2009.[1] As of the latter date, President Barack Obama appointed Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary Edward C. Hugler to act as Secretary.[2]

On July 1, 2009, Radzely joined the global law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a partner in its labor and employment law practice.[3]

Radzely and his wife Lisa have two children.


  1. ^ Staff reporter (2009-01-21). [?url= "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation"] Check |archiveurl= value (help). FOX News. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-01-30. Howard Radzely, the deputy secretary of labor, assumed daily duties Tuesday as California Rep. Hilda L. Solis awaits her confirmation. Bush appointed Radzely to his deputy post in 2007 and he has been with the Department since 2001.  (Archived by WebCite at )
  2. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. (2009-02-05). [?url= "After Delay, Panel to Vote on Solis Nomination"] Check |archiveurl= value (help). Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-02-09. In the interim, President Obama on Monday appointed longtime Labor Department official Edward C. Hugler to serve as acting secretary.  (Archived by WebCite at )
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Preceded by
Elaine Chao
United States Secretary of Labor

Succeeded by
Edward C. Hugler