Thomas Edward Perez (born October 7, 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is an American politician, consumer advocate and civil rights lawyer. On July 23, 2013, he was sworn in as the United States Secretary of Labor. Perez is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously was the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.
|Chair of the Democratic National Committee|
|Assumed office |
February 25, 2017
|Preceded by||Donna Brazile (acting)|
|26th United States Secretary of Labor|
July 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Seth Harris (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Acosta|
|United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights|
October 8, 2009 – July 23, 2013
|Preceded by||Wan Kim|
|Succeeded by||Joycelyn Samuels (Acting)|
|Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation|
March 15, 2007 – October 7, 2009
|Preceded by||James Fielder|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Sanchez|
Thomas Edward Perez
October 7, 1961
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ann Marie Staudenmaier|
|Education||Brown University (BA)|
Harvard University (MPP, JD)
Perez announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in the 2017 election on December 15, 2016. On February 25, 2017, Perez was elected Chairman on a second ballot. Minutes after being elected, Perez named Keith Ellison as deputy chair.
- David Wallechinsky (9 April 2013). "Secretary of Labor: Who Is Thomas Perez?". AllGov.com. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- "Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez". United States Department of Labor. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- Weigel, David (December 13, 2016). "Labor Secretary Tom Perez will join race to run DNC". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- Dovere, Edward-Isaac (December 14, 2016). "Perez set to make his run for DNC chair official". Politico. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
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