Who is Marvin Kaplan, nominee to the NLRB?

The President officially sent Marvin Kaplan's nomination to the Senate on June 20. [White House Press Release] The White House's short bio for Mr. Kaplan is [here]. If confirmed by the Senate, the NLRB will have four members - two Republicans and two Democrats. But don't worry; the nomination of one more Republican an't be far off.

Who is Marvin Kaplan? The following information is from Mr. Kaplan's LinkedIn biography:

  • Counsel to Heather L. MacDougall, Acting Chair and Commissioner at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, since September 2015.
  • Workforce Policy Counsel for the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, January 2012 - September 2015. Drafted labor and employment legislation, including the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 and the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. Conducted oversight of and investigated allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse by the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board. Led efforts to fight DOL overtime rules and 2012 unconstitutional NLRB recess appointments. Provided legal and policy advice on all labor and employment legislation, including the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, and oversight within the committee’s jurisdiction.
  • Counsel, US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, January 2009 - January 2011. Conducted oversight of and investigated allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse by the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and Federal employees generally.
  • Special Assistant, Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, June 2007 - January 2009. Provided legal advice on issues related to the Administrative Procedure Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Labor Management Relations Act, National Labor Relations Act, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Drafted the union trust reporting notice of proposed rulemaking and final rule, and assisted in revising union reporting requirements on the Form LM-2/3.
  • Associate Attorney, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, Kansas City, Missouri, February 2007 - June 2007. Drafted memos, motions, and briefs on subjects including Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Contracts (Construction).
  • Juris Doctor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003-2006.
  • Bachelor's Degree, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, 2000-2003.

I'm also expecting the President to nominate William (Bill) Emanuel, a shareholder at Littler Mendelson where he practices traditional labor law in the Los Angeles office. [Emanuel's Littler bio]

I'm baffled why Kaplan got the first nod.