Julie Su testifies during her Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee confirmation hearing on March 16, 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

President Biden announced Tuesday that he plans to nominate Julie Su to lead the Labor Department.

Why it matters: If confirmed, Su, a longtime advocate for workers' rights, will replace Marty Walsh as labor secretary, making her the first cabinet-level secretary of Asian American heritage in the Biden administration.

  • Asian American lawmakers and advocates, who initially pushed for Biden to nominate Su after his election in 2020, had renewed their calls in recent weeks. Biden's Cabinet was the first in 20 years without a secretary of Asian American or Pacific Island descent.

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