Griffin's selection came as Obama withdrew his original nomination for Lafe Solomon to serve as the NLRB general counsel. Solomon, the NLRB acting general counsel, spent more than three years as the nominee for the post. He faced Republican opposition over a complaint he filed as acting GC against The Boeing Co., which built a new plant and tried to move work on a new airplane from Washington State to anti-union South Carolina. After Boeing compromised, the complaint was dropped.
Since January 2012, Griffin has served as an NLRB member. He previously was at the International Union of Operating Engineers from 1983 to 2012, holding positions that included general counsel and associate general counsel. Griffin also was a counsel to NLRB members from 1981 to 1983.
For the Energy Department nomination, Obama looked to his White House staff. Croley is deputy assistant and deputy counsel to the president. Since coming to the White House in 2010, Croley also has held posts that include senior counsel and special assistant for justice and regulatory policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council. Before the White House, the DOE nominee was a special assistant to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and an associate dean at the University of Michigan Law School, where he is on leave.
Homeland Security GC nominee Bunnell is a private-sector pick who has served as the managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers since 2011. But before he joined the firm in 2007, Bunnell spent 17 years at the Department of Justice. His last job at DOJ was Criminal Division chief at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.