Archuleta will become the second Hispanic nominee for a political appointment within the administration during Obama’s second term. The president has also tapped U.S. assistant attorney general Thomas Perez to become labor secretary.
Both of Obama’s first-term Hispanic appointees, Solis and former Interior secretary Ken Salazar, have left their positions.
Republicans have fiercely resisted Perez’s nomination, casting doubt on his fate as a potential Cabinet member. Last week, the nominee cleared a minor confirmation hurdle as a Senate committee cleared him — in a strictly party line vote — for consideration by the full Senate.
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