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President Obama Nominates for Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights

President Obama on Monday nominated Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor . . . . Mr. Obama presented Mr. Perez, who would be the only Hispanic in the cabinet, as an American immigration success story whose own history would help him tackle the issues of the day. . . . Though his father died when he was 12, his family pressed the value of education so much that all four of his siblings became doctors. Mr. Perez, 51, graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School.

“My parents taught my four siblings and me to work hard, to give back to our community and to make sure that the ladder of opportunity was there for those coming after us,” Mr. Perez said at the White House on Monday as he addressed the crowd in both English and Spanish. “Over my career, I’ve learned that true progress is possible if you keep an open mind, listen to all sides and focus on results.”

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Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, at The City Project Roundtable on Title VI and Environmental Justice, February 25, 2010, with representatives from GreenInfo Network, Native Americans, Communities for a Better Environment, Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, San Francisco Public Health Department, and Los Angeles Unified School District