National Partnership for Women & Families

Senate Confirms Perez as Labor Secretary, “Work to Promote Fair Workplaces Will Continue” Says Women’s Leader

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 18, 2013 —

"In confirming Thomas Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor today, the Senate has ensured that a strong, unwavering advocate for women will lead efforts to promote safety, equal opportunity and fairness in our nation’s workplaces. This is terrific news for the country. Work to promote fair workplaces will continue.

Perez has dedicated his career to promoting the fundamental values embodied in our nation’s civil rights and labor laws. He has an impeccable record that includes serving as secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and as assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. His extensive experience and expertise will make him an excellent Labor Secretary.

We commend all of the senators who disregarded the baseless and tired attacks waged against an eminently qualified nominee. Women, workplaces and the nation will be better off as a result of today’s vote."

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NOTE: In May, women’s organizations submitted a letter to senators in support of Perez’s confirmation. The letter can be found here.

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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