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Tom Perez
Official portrait of United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.jpg
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Assumed office
February 25, 2017
DeputyKeith Ellison
Preceded byDonna Brazile (acting)
26th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
July 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyChris Lu
Preceded bySeth Harris (Acting)
Succeeded byAlexander Acosta
United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
In office
October 8, 2009 – July 23, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byWan Kim
Succeeded byJoycelyn Samuels (Acting)
Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
In office
March 15, 2007 – October 7, 2009
GovernorMartin O'Malley
Preceded byJames Fielder
Succeeded byAlexander Sanchez
Personal details
Thomas Edward Perez

(1961-10-07) October 7, 1961 (age 59)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ann Marie Staudenmaier
EducationBrown University (BA)
Harvard University (MPP, JD)

Thomas Edward Perez (born October 7, 1961 in Buffalo, New York)[1] is an American politician, consumer advocate and civil rights lawyer. On July 23, 2013, he was sworn in as the United States Secretary of Labor.[2] Perez is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously was the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.[1]

Perez announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in the 2017 election on December 15, 2016.[3][4] On February 25, 2017, Perez was elected Chairman on a second ballot. Minutes after being elected, Perez named Keith Ellison as deputy chair.