Biographical information on Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez:
NAME: Thomas E. Perez.
AGE: 51. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 1961.
EDUCATION: B.A., Brown University, 1983; master of Public Policy, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1987; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1987.
EXPERIENCE: Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, 2009-present; Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, 2006-2009; member of the Montgomery County, Md., Council, 2002-2006; director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, 1999-2001; special counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., 1995-1998; federal prosecutor, Criminal Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, 1989-1995; law clerk to Judge Zita L. Weinshienk, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1987-1989.
FAMILY: Wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, an attorney with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; three children.
QUOTE: "Over my career, I've learned that true progress is possible if you keep an open mind, listen to all sides and focus on results," Perez said Monday at the announcement of his nomination.