Jose Javier Rodriguez U.S. Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday

President Joe Biden tapped Rodriguez in July to serve as Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training.

Former state lawmaker Jose Javier Rodriguez will undergo a Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to head a division within the U.S. Department of Labor.

President Joe Biden tapped Rodriguez in July to serve as Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. The confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. If confirmed, the 42-year-old would be one of the highest ranking Floridians within the Biden administration.

The Employment and Training Administration oversees the nation’s federal unemployment assistance.

The division “administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits,” according to the Department of Labor website. “These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.”

Rodriguez, a union attorney, lost reelection in 2020 to Ileana Garcia by fewer than three dozen votes.

As a Democratic lawmaker, Rodriguez frequently criticized Florida’s unemployment system and advocated for more generous unemployment benefits. Florida’s unemployment benefits are among the stingiest in the nation, critics including Rodriguez assert.

Last year, Rodríguez appeared before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. He lambasted Florida’s unemployment system while testifying to lawmakers.

“This experience should serve as a lesson to other states,” Rodríguez told panelists. “States that shrink, starve, and ignore their unemployment systems, one day, may have their state legislators delivering such remarks. Federal oversight is needed over states’ unemployment systems, along with resources to modernize their infrastructure.”

Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Harvard law degree. He served three terms in the Legislature — two in the House and one in the Senate — for a total of eight years.

The circumstances of Rodriguez’s failed reelection are under investigation.

Authorities are investigating the use of a paid, third-party candidate weaponized against Rodriguez.

The NPA candidate, Alex Rodriguez, collected nearly 6,400 votes in the race. He reportedly did not even live in the district.

A trial is set for later this year.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


  • Ken

    October 2, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Companies that utilize our money to support, fund Joe Biden, the Democrat party, BLM and other far left organizations. Financial Boycott whenever possible the following socialist enablers. Patriots, pass this along….

    Amazon, American Airlines, American Express, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Baskin Robbins, Best Buy, Capital One , Chase, Cigna, Cisco
    Coca-Cola, Corona Beer, Dell Technologies, Deloitte, Delta Airlines
    Discover Financial Services, Discovery channel, Discovery Plus
    Dunkin Donuts, ESPN, Facebook, Fed-Ex, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Google, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JetBlue
    Kohls, Levi Strauss & Co, Little Caesars, Lowes Hardware, MasterCard, Microsoft, Modello Beer, Nerd Wallet, Netflix, Nordstrom Nurtec, Pacifico Beer, Oxygen, OWN, PayPal, PBS
    Peloton, Pinterest, Reddit, Rocket Mortgage, Sonic, Starbucks
    State Farm Insurance, Synchrony, Target, General Insurance, TNT
    Tripadvisor, Twitter, United Airlines, US Bank, Vanguard, Varo Bank
    Verizon, ViacomCBS, Vivint, Walgreens, Wayfair, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s, NBA, WNBA, MLB

    • Peter Schorsch

      October 3, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      What a shitty life it would be to boycott all of these amazing companies.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 3, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      Ken, bad news…you’re not a patriot, unless maybe you are a patriotic Russian or Chinese citizen who wants the US economy to fail.
      And these rightwing attacks on Modelo beer are really tiresome. Like the vaccine, unless you’ve tried a Modelo Especial you don’t know what you’re missing.

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