Obama congratulates Perez as new Democratic leader

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaClintons remember former adviser Vernon Jordan Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend A Biden stumble on China? MORE congratulated his former Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Saturday for winning the race to become the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

"I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much," Obama said in a statement.

Obama never explicitly endorsed a candidate in the DNC race. But Perez won the backing of other Obama administration officials, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE.

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Perez served as Labor secretary through most of Obama's second term. He beat out Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for the DNC chairmanship on Saturday, scoring a major win for the Democratic Party's establishment wing.