Obama’s Choice for Labor Secretary Said to Be Justice’s Perez [View all]
By Hans Nichols
President Barack Obama is close to choosing Thomas Perez, currently the assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, to be his next labor secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Perez would replace Hilda Solis and ensure that the Labor Department was led by another Hispanic, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters that haven’t been announced.
As Obama fills out his second-term cabinet, a process that began in January with his announcement of three white males for the top positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department and Defense Department, White House officials are working to ensure that his cabinet reflects the coalition of Latinos, blacks and women that helped re-elect him, said the people.
Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman, declined to comment. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, also declined to comment on the possible nomination.