President Obama on Monday will nominate Tom Perez to be the next Labor Department secretary, a White House official confirmed late Sunday â€” setting up yet another contentious confirmation battle in the Senate.
Mr. Obamaâ€™s pick comes less than a week after a scathing audit of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which Mr. Perez runs as an assistant attorney general. The departmentâ€™s inspector general said the Civil Rights division had become riven with factions, and questioned whether Mr. Perez was completely truthful in information he gave about the decision to dismiss a high-profile voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia.
But Mr. Perez also brings a long list of qualifications, including his more than three years in a top Justice post and, before that, ran Marylandâ€™s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
â€œTom is 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,â€ said a White House official, previewing Mr. Obamaâ€™s expected announcement.
His nomination had been expected for some time and has the backing of Hispanic advocacy groups, who vowed to push for his confirmation.
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