Following a week of procedural dealmaking in the US Senate over the approval process for numerous presidential nominees, new US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, on a 54-46 vote. Secretary Perez had previously served as a Montgomery County Council Member, and as Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Obama named Perez, an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, to be Labor secretary in March and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination in early June, after several delays, on a 17-2 vote.
“I welcome today’s confirmation of Tom Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor,” Obama said. “Tom has lived the American dream himself, and has dedicated his career to keeping it within reach for hardworking families across the country. At the Department of Labor, Tom will help us continue to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, make sure workers have the skills those jobs require, and ensure safe workplaces and economic opportunity for all.