Nominee for assistant secretary of labor advances in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., this week filed cloture on the nomination of Douglas Parker to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A final vote on his nomination may occur on Oct. 25.  

Parker is currently the chief of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). He also served under the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary for policy with the Mine Safety and Health Administration and was previously a lawyer for the United Mine Workers of America. During his tenure with Cal/OSHA, Parker oversaw the state’s workplace safety policy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including developing and implementing the state’s Emergency Temporary Standard. Cal/OSHA’s approach to the pandemic is viewed by many as the most aggressive in the country.

Parker’s nomination passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on June 16.