Thomas Perez

2:07pm

Thu July 18, 2013
The Two-Way

EPA, Labor Nominees Confirmed

By 59-40 vote mostly along party lines, the Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

That followed a 54-46 vote early in the day to confirm Thomas Perez as Labor secretary.

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7:44pm

Sun April 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Labor Nominee's Civil Rights Work Draws Praise, Controversy

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 11:28 am

Tom Perez, President Obama's nominee to lead the Labor Department, has been an aggressive advocate for civil rights.
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President Obama's nominee to lead the Labor Department has been one of the most aggressive advocates for civil rights in decades. Tom Perez prosecuted a record number of hate crimes cases and extracted huge settlements from banks that overcharged minorities for home loans.

But some Republican lawmakers say those same qualities give them pause about voting to confirm Perez as a Cabinet member.

'Making A Huge Difference'

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4:18pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama's Labor Nominee Faces GOP Opposition Over His Role In A Supreme Court Case

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:33 am

Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.
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Thomas Perez, the president's nominee to lead the Department of Labor and a high-profile Latino advocate for civil rights, is scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing April 18. But behind-the-scenes wrangling over his nomination, and his controversial role in a Supreme Court case, is already well under way.

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10:06am

Mon March 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Nominates Thomas Perez For Labor Secretary

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 10:30 am

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez.
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President Obama announced today he is nominating Thomas Perez, currently in charge of civil rights at the Justice Department, to be the country's next Labor secretary.

Introducing him in the East Room of the White House, Obama said Perez "knows what it's like to climb the ladder of opportunity," and has been "consensus builder."

Perez worked to become the first lawyer in his family. He knows first hand, Obama said, that if you work hard in United States, you can accomplish great things.

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