Senate Confirms Thomas Perez

Senate Votes to Confirm Perez as Labor Secretary


AP Photo by Harry Hamburg

On July 18, 2013, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Hilda Solis as Secretary of the Department of Labor -- and the one Latino currently nominated to serve on the President’s Cabinet.

We thank the many individuals and organizations that worked with us to urge Senators to vote for cloture and to ultimately vote for Tom Perez as the new U.S. Labor Secretary.

About the Nomination Process

Several Senators threatened to filibuster Tom Perez's nomination, which meant that 60 out of the 100 Senators were needed simply to bring up his nomination for a simple yes-or-no vote. Then the Senate proceeded to vote on Tom's nomination, for which a simple majority of 51 Senators were needed to confirm him. Every Member of the Senate should know, Latino voters are watching -- and we'll remember who stands with Tom Perez and who stands against him.

VIDEO: Watch Tom testify before the Senate HELP Committee

Click the following links to view how Senators voted:

Background Information

View Tom's Diverse Coalition of Supporters

View Tom's Diverse Coalition of Supporters

A diverse group of organizations and leaders from all across the nation -- including Latino, disability, law enforcement, business, labor and civil rights groups -- joined in standing in support of Mr. Perez's nomination. Learn more about the strong coalition supporting Tom and read their statements of support.

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About NHLA's Latino Appointments Program

About NHLA's Latino Appointments Program

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 34 national Latino advocacy and civil rights organizations, is leading a new program to identify and support junior to seasoned Latino professionals interested in pursuing presidential appointments from entry-level through Cabinet-level positions.

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Recent NHLA Statements on Perez Nomination

About Thomas Perez

About Thomas Perez

As President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Thomas Perez is now the first Dominican-American to serve on a presidential Cabinet -- and the only Latino nominated so far to serve on the President's current second-term Cabinet.

Known throughout his career in public service as a consensus builder, Tom previously received a 77-20 bipartisan vote in Senate supporting his 2009 nomination to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and previously served as the Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), which protects consumers through the enforcement of awide range of consumer rights, workplace safety, and wage and hour laws.

We know that Perez will bring tremendous experience given his history ...

  • Overseeing important worker discrimination investigations,
  • Settling the three largest fair lending cases in the history of the Fair Housing Act,
  • Being a champion of voting rights, disability rights, and educational equity,
  • Prosecuting some of the most heinous hate crimes in recent memory, and
  • Restoring the integrity of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Read More About Tom's Experience

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