Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gallego supports nomination of Tom Perez to head Labor Department

STATEMENT: Gallego supports nomination of Tom Perez to head Labor Department

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIXPresident Barack Obama nominated Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez to head the Labor Department. Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), released the following statement in support of this nomination.

“Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez is highly qualified and, over the years, has been a constant voice for hardworking middle-class families. I strongly support his nomination and believe he will be extremely effective at promoting broad-based economic growth.

“Perez has consistently shown that he is a pragmatic leader and a consensus builder. He has had a long career in public service and much of his work was focused on helping families targeted by unfair mortgage lending practices. Additionally, he has worked to increase access to education. He has also worked to increase the enforcement of human trafficking laws.  Perez served as the secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which protects consumers and workers through the enforcement of a wide range of consumer rights, workplace safety, and wage and hour laws. 

“He is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and he is firmly committed to preserving the American dream. His father passed away when he was only 12 years old but not before teaching him and his four siblings the importance of hard work and public service.

“He is an advocate for the American dream and the right person to head the Department of Labor.”


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