President Barack Obama today nominated Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who has led the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division since 2009, to serve as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
At a White House event Monday, Obama touted Perez and the work he did at DOJ, urging the Senate to confirm him as quickly as possible.
"In his current role as the head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Tom has fought to open pathways into the workforce for everyone willing to contribute, including people with disabilities, LGBT Americans, and immigrants," Obama said. "Now, while he's tackled plenty of tough issues, Tom has also spent a career as a consensus-builder."
In brief remarks, Perez built on the theme of the necessity of consensus.