Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, March 15, 2007 to October 7, 2009. Acting Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, January 23, 2007 to March 15, 2007.
Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation, February 2007. Photo by Mark Odell.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1988-1995. Special Counsel to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts, 1995-98. Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999-2001. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2004. Member, Agency Review Team, Obama-Biden Transition, 2008-09.
President, Montgomery County Council, December 7, 2004 to December 6, 2005 (member, representing district 5, 2002-04).
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2009 to July 2013.
U.S. Secretary of Labor since July 23, 2013.
Born in Buffalo, New York. October 7, 1961. Brown University, A.B. (international relations & political science), 1983; Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.P., 1987. Law clerk to Judge Zita L. Weinshienk, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1987-89. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 2001. Assistant Professor, 2001-06, Associate Professor, 2006-, and Director, Clinical Law Programs, University of Maryland School of Law, 2001-06. Member, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Board of Directors, Casa of Maryland, 1995-2002 (former president). Member, Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Health Professions, 2003-04. Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, Aspen Institute, 2005. Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 2005. Influential Marylanders in Civic Leadership, Daily Record, 2008, 2014. Completed three Boston Marathons. Married; three children.
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