The top post at the U.S. Department of Labor hopefully won’t be vacant for long. At the end of last week, the Washington Post and other sources reported that Thomas E. Perez, who currently serves as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will be nominated as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez would replace former Secretary Hilda Solis who resigned her post on January 22, 2013. The Department’s Acting Secretary of Labor is Seth D. Harris.
Officials from labor organizations including the AFL-CIO have recognized Perez as a worthy nominee, particularly considering his record as a state labor secretary within the Maryland Department of Labor. Various sources have also highlighted Perez’s more recent efforts as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General to block allegedly unfair voter identification laws in several states during the 2012 election cycle. Given the trend with President Obama’s recent second term cabinet posts, it is predicted by many that Perez’s confirmation would be contentious
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