Obama Nominates Latino Justice Dept. Official As Secy. of Labor
Matt | On 20, Mar 2013
President Obama continues to iron out his Cabinet picks in these first few months of his second term.
On Monday, he announced the appointment of Thomas Perez to head the U.S. Department of Labor. Perez is the top civil rights attorney in the Justice Department now, serving as an assistant attorney general.
As labor secretary, he would be responsible for one of the administration’s top priorities of putting Americans back to work and supporting the current workforce.
Perez’s past experiences include his work with the Justice Department, a role as the Maryland secretary of labor, and an educator at the University of Maryland.
Observers are watching Perez’s nomination closely for a few reasons. First, he is the only Latino pick on Obama’s second term cabinet. Also, his role as labor secretary is a unique one as he will deal with temporary guest workers and a Congress aiming to tackle immigration reform. The immigration policy will have a direct impact on the labor market. Perez will need to balance the workforce needs of America against the security of the country.
The Senate still has to confirm Perez to his post. As important as lawmakers say jobs are to the country, I hope they will fast-track the vote on this nomination.