WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez to be his next Secretary of Labor, a White House official said Sunday night--a Hispanic, who, if confirmed, will replace another Hispanic, former Labor Sec.Hilda Solis, who resigned on Jan. 22.
The Perez appointment was expected, reported last week in the Washington Post.
At one point, some administration officials were seen as considering pairing the Labor appointment announcement with the new Commerce Secretary choice---expected to be Chicago's Penny Pritzker, as scooped in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Perez was described by the White House officials as "a dedicated public servant who has spent his career fighting to keep the American dream within reach for hardworking middle class families and those striving to get into the middle class.
"Known throughout his career as a pragmatic leader and a consensus builder, Tom has served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, since October 8, 2009. In that time, he has fought to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans," the official said.
Perez is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic who lives in suburban in Washington in Montgomery County, Md. and is a former member of the Montgomery County Council.