Tom Perez Confirmed As U.S. Secretary of Labor
NAACP-SUPPORTED NOMINEE HAS A PROVEN RECORD OF PROTECTING CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROMOTING GROWTH OF THE MIDDLE CLASS
On July 18, 2013, by a margin of 54 yeas to 46 nays, Tom Perez was confirmed to be the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The NAACP was thrilled to see this very qualified nominee finally confirmed (he was first nominated by President Obama four months earlier, on March 18), as we are confident that he will serve our country with skill and inspiration.
Mr. Perez, who has served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice since October, 2009, is well known and very well respected by the NAACP. In his capacity as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the NAACP worked closely with Mr. Perez, and we have been impressed by not only his passion for the protection of Americans’ civil and human rights, but also with his ability to get real, quantifiable, results. The Civil Rights Division has been extremely productive in the last few years. For example, the Division handled more new voting cases in 2012 than any prior year, including critical litigation to defend the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. Assistant Attorney General Perez also oversaw the successful implementation of the 2010 Mathew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, landmark legislation that has transformed how the federal government investigates and prosecutes hate crimes.
Throughout his career, first with the Department of Justice under Attorney General Janet Reno and as Chair of the inter-agency Worker Exploitation Task Force; and then as special counsel to Senator Ted Kennedy (MA); followed by his work as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, Mr. Perez has served as an impressive, hard-working, intelligent man of conscience. Mr. Perez also did an exemplary job for the State of Maryland as her Secretary of Labor. In this capacity, he collaborated with businesses and employees to address critical workforce development needs and continue to build a world-class workforce.
We look forward to working with Mr. Perez on issues such as job creation, job training and worker protection, to name a few.