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Perez currently heads the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and was seen as the president’s top choice to replace former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who stepped down in January.

The White House praised Perez’s work at the DOJ, highlighting his efforts to fight unfair mortgage lending practices, enforce human trafficking laws and protect the working rights of the nation’s veterans.

“Tom 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,” said a White House official.

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