BOSTON – President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has chosen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be his labor secretary, selecting a former union worker who shares Biden’s Irish-American background and working-class roots.
Walsh, 53, has served as the Democratic mayor of Boston since 2014. When he took the oath of office in 2018 for his second term as Boston’s chief executive, Biden presided over the inauguration. Biden made the announcement hours after Walsh's selection was confirmed by two people familiar with the president-elect's decision. The people spoke on condition of anonymity before Biden's formal announcement.
Biden planned to introduce the newest additions to his economic team to the public at an event Friday in Wilmington, Delaware.
“This team will help us emerge from the most inequitable economic and jobs crisis in modern history by building an economy where every American is in on the deal,” he said in a statement. “They share my belief that the middle class built this country and that unions built the middle class.”
Biden also announced that he has tapped Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to be commerce secretary and Isabel Guzman, a California small-business advocate, to lead the Small Business Administration.
Walsh was a state representative for more than a decade before becoming mayor.
Walsh, a former union worker, has a long history with labor. He served as president of Laborers Local 223 and, before becoming mayor, headed up the Boston Building Trades — a union umbrella organization.
At Walsh’s second mayoral inauguration, Biden praised him for his character and efforts to create a thriving middle class, calling him a “man of extraordinary character in a moment when we need more character and incredible courage.”