Obama to Select Thomas E. Perez for Secretary of Labor

Obama to Select Thomas E. Perez for Secretary of Labor

President Obama plans to nominate Thomas E. Perez, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, to be the next secretary of labor, according to two people in the administration familiar with the decision.

Perez is a Takoma Park, Md. resident.  He served as Maryland’s labor secretary from 2007 until 2009, when he was selected for the Justice position.  Perez, who is 51 years old, has strong support from industry.  He will replace Hilda Solis, and fulfill the request of the Latin community to have representation in the Obama administration.

Perez has spent his entire career in public service. He began his law career as a law clerk for Judge Zita Weinshienk of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado from 1987 to 1989.

Perez spent twelve years in federal service from 1989 until 2001.  From 2001 until 2007, Perez was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

An obviously well qualified candidate.  But we’ll have to wait and see what complaints arise from Republicans.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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