Washington, D.C.— Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO Tom Cochran on the departure of U.S. Secretary of Labor and former Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, and his legacy of public service:

“For the last 25 years, Marty has fought for working people. From his time in the Massachusetts state legislature to his work as the mayor of Boston and through his tenure in the president’s cabinet, he gave everything he had to ensuring people had opportunities and were rewarded for an honest day of work. As Labor Secretary, he played a vital role helping the country recover from the devastating economic effects that the pandemic had on American families and workers.

“In his time as secretary, Marty never forgot his roots. As a former trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he recognized the importance of mayors and their role in building a modern workforce and he continued to support mayors’ efforts locally to invest in workers and quality jobs. On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, we wish Marty good luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedication to public service.”