Rewire • Ally Boguhn
Earlier in his life, Andrew Puzder was also well-known for his work as an anti-choice attorney. In the 1980s, he helped author a sweeping piece of anti-choice legislation in Missouri that included radical “personhood” language defining life as beginning at conception.
Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, who once authored an extreme abortion restriction in Missouri, was selected by Republican President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor.
Trump announced that Puzder would be nominated in a Thursday statement that claimed the restaurant CEO had an “extensive record fighting for workers,” though it did not provide examples of how he did so. “Andy will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards and ensuring workers receive the benefits they deserve,” the statement continued, adding that Puzder “will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.”
Puzder currently works as the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., which includes fast-food franchises such as Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s—burger chains that have come under fire for the “sexist” depictions of women in their advertisements.