11 Things About Tom Perez, Obama’s Latino Labor Secretary Pick

The president says the son of Dominican immigrants is a consensus builder whose story "reminds us of this country's promise." Here's your cheat sheet on the first Latino Cabinet nominee in the administration's second term. 

Barack Obama and Tom Perez (AFP/Getty Images)
Barack Obama and Tom Perez (AFP/Getty Images)

* President Obama says Perez has “fought to open pathways into the workforce for everyone willing to contribute, including people with disabilities, LGBT Americans and immigrants” and “helped settle some of the largest cases ever on behalf of families targeted by unfair mortgage lending.”

* As secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, he helped implement the country’s first statewide living-wage law.

* And he has the Rev. Al Sharpton’s seal of approval: “Mr. Perez has proven himself to be a committed public servant who has done credible work around unemployment and employment discrimination among African Americans. He is a champion for issues impacting hardworking, middle-class families and blacks and Latinos,” the civil rights leader and MSNBC host said in a release today.

Read more at the Washington Post and Reuters.