Jefferson City, MO – With right-wing Missouri Governor Eric Greitens choosing a new director for the Missouri Department of Labor, you might not expect it to be someone coming from the Labor Movement.
You might be right, too. Greitens recently announced that Anna Hui, who has been serving as acting director of the Illinois Department of Labor, will become the new director in Missouri.
Hui comes from the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation, where she was chief of staff to Elaine Chao, now the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and formerly U.S. Secretary of Labor for eight years under President George W. Bush. Hui worked for the department during that time as well.
Hui had served for only two months as acting director in Illinois, where anti-Labor Governor Bruce Rauner chose her to replace his original appointment, Hugo Chaviano, who resigned.
Greitens called Hui a “fearless change agent” in his announcement.
“We are honored to have her join us to shake up Jefferson City and bring some much needed reforms to the Missouri Department of Labor,” he said.
Hui said she shares Greitens’ “vision of reform to better serve workers, businesses and taxpayers.”
As an associate deputy for the U.S. Department of Labor, Hui coordinated programs on workforce safety and standards issues and led efforts to encourage diversity in the department’s programs.
She had worked for two previous Illinois governors. Under Jim Edgar, she was special assistant for Asian-American affairs, and under George Ryan, she was on the Washington D.C. policy management team. She worked to update the technology in the Illinois Department of Labor from 2015 to 2017.
An Illinois native, she has degrees from the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland and the Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.