Maryland resident and former Montgomery County Councilmember Thomas Perez is apparently about to be selected as President Obama’s choice to head the US Department of Labor. From coverage in the Washington Post:
President Obama plans to nominate Thomas E. Perez, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, to be the next secretary of labor, according to two people in the administration familiar with the decision.
Perez, 51, has strong labor support and served as Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s labor secretary from 2007 until 2009, when he was tapped for the Justice position. Perez, a Takoma Park, Md. resident also served on the Montgomery County Council and was the first Latino ever elected to the council. He has been the key official in Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department handling civil rights cases, the centerpiece of what Holder hopes will be his legacy.