He became the first Latino assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005. He has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida.
US President Donald Trump's 27-day-old administration was dealt another setback on Wednesday when Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for the position of labour secretary amid concerns that he would not gain Senate approval.
At least a half-dozen Republican senators declined to support the fast-food CEO outright, saying they would wait to make a decision until after his hearing.
This is the first scalp for Senate Democrats, who pushed education secretary Betsy DeVos to the tightest vote ever on a cabinet confirmation; vice president Mike Pence had to break a 50-50 deadlock.
Puzder withdrew on the eve of his confirmation hearing because Republicans balked at an array of personal and professional issues.
"Mr. Acosta's nomination is off to a good start because he's already been confirmed by the Senate three times", Alexander said. Republican backlash soon followed due to Puzder's past employment of an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.
He hold degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law school.
Acosta, the only son of Cuban immigrants, gradually reconnected with Miami and cultivated strong relationships in the legal and law enforcement community to build up the USA attorney's office in his image.
Decades ago, Puzder's ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, brought abuse charges against him, which she later dropped. In it, Fierstein tells Winfrey that she had been threatened by Puzder for going public with her allegations during their divorce.
"They're always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case", Puzder previously said in an interview with Business Insider.