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Tom Perez
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U.S. Secretary of Labor
Elections and appointments
NominatedMarch 18, 2013
ConfirmedJuly 18, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Assistant United States Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Montgomery County Council Member
Bachelor'sBrown University (1983)
Master'sJohn F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1987)
J.D.Harvard University Law School (1987)
Date of birthOctober 7, 1961
Place of birthBuffalo, NY
Office website
Thomas Edward Perez (b. October 7, 1961, in Buffalo, NY) is the current United States Secretary of Labor. He was nominated on March 18, 2013, and confirmed by the Senate on July 18, 2013, by a vote of 54-46.[1] Perez' confirmation process was one of many to have an extended wait in 2013 despite passing through the Senate committee hearings in mid-May.[2]

He previously served as head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.[3]


Perez is a Dominican-American born in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Brown University before earning a Master's degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Perez' academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 1983: Graduated from Brown University
  • 1987: Earned Master's of Public Policy and J.D. from Harvard University
  • 1987-1989: Law Clerk for District of Colorado
  • 1989-1995: Federal Prosecutor for Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
  • 1995-1998: Special Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
  • 1999-2001: Director of Dept. of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights
  • 2002-2006: Montgomery County Council member
  • 2006-2009: Secretary of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • 2009-2013: Assistant Attorney General for Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Secretary of Labor

Confirmation vote

Perez was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 2013, by a vote of 54-46.[6] He succeeded Hilda Solis.

Tom Perez confirmation vote, July 18, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 0 46 46
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 54 46 100


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro


Perez is married with three children. His wife works as an attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.[4]

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Preceded by
Hilda Solis
U.S. Secretary of Labor
Succeeded by