According to the New York Times report on Sunday night, Thomas E. Perez – Civil Rights Division chief at the United States’ Department of Justice – will be nominated by President Barack Obama on Monday to become the Obama administration’s next secretary of labor to replace Hilda L. Solis who chose to relinquish her post at the end of Obama’s first term in January. Solis hold the post for four years.
While conservatives have had some concerns with some of Perez’s actions in the past several years regarding settlements of some cases involving fair housing, union leaders and liberal-leaning politicians believe he is a strong advocate for working people and people who have been discriminatorily challenged. More specifically, he has been praised for having pursued many cases of discrimination as well as brutality charges against various police and sheriff personnel. He has also stood on the liberal side of the voter registration requirements debated in government at this time.
Perez, 51, will become the first Hispanic member of President Obama’s cabinet, should he be approved.