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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/ 3/2009

Spotted: Oldest Living Ex-Cabinet Secretary Releases Book

By Ed O'Keefe

Former labor secretary Willard Wirtz with the current labor secretary, Hilda Solis, Thursday at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Shawn T. Moore, U.S. Dept. of Labor)

Labor Department employees got a glimpse into the history of the department yesterday, as former secretary Willard Wirtz signed copies of his new memoir, In the Rearview Mirror at agency headquarters.

Wirtz, 97, served as labor secretary from 1962 to 1969 under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and is the oldest living former Cabinet member. The distinction fell to him following death last year of Earl Butz, who served Presidents Nixon and Ford as agriculture secretary.

Wirtz appeared in the department's Wirtz Labor Library, named in honor of him and his wife, Jane. Among other things, the new tome includes his reflections on his involvement with President Johnson's "war on poverty." As you can see in the picture above, Wirtz was joined by the current labor secretary, Hilda Solis.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 3, 2009; 11:48 AM ET
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When reporting someone as the "oldest," it would be nice to also report the age of the person.

Posted by: psilosome | April 3, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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