President Trump is close to picking business lawyer John Ring to fill a soon-to-be-open seat on the National Labor Relations Board, the nation's top labor law enforcement agency.
If confirmed by the Senate, Ring would ensure that the board has a Republican-appointed majority through at least 2020.
Bloomberg reported Friday that the administration was close to formally announcing Ring's nomination, citing anonymous sources. Ring would replace the board's current chairman, Philip Miscimarra, whose term expires Dec. 16, and would maintain the board's current 3-2 Republican majority.
The White House declined to comment to the Washington Examiner. However, Ring has been widely rumored by Washington business trade associations to be the Trump administration's top pick to fill the board's next open seat.
The board's members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, but it otherwise operates independently.
Ring is co-chairman of the labor-management relations practice at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Brockius. His official biography says he specializes in providing "clients with strategic business planning, particularly in negotiating and administering labor contracts, multiemployer benefit funds, and corporate restructurings." A 2015 post on the firm's website touts Ring as being able to help clients with an "activist" NLRB.
The board had a reputation for pro-union activism during the Obama administration, which the Trump White House has been eager to reverse. In January, Trump appointed Miscimarra, then the board's lone Republican member, as chairman. The Senate in August approved former GOP House staffer Marvin Kaplan to an open seat. The following month it approved business Bill Emanuel to another open seat. The Senate also confirmed private-sector lawyer Peter Robb to be the board's general counsel last month, replacing Richard Griffin, an Obama appointee noted for his activist stance.