Governor Martin O'Malley today issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Thomas Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor:
"I am pleased that President Obama has nominated Tom Perez for U.S. Secretary of Labor. Tom served as a valuable and outstanding member of my Executive Cabinet as Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
"Under his leadership in Maryland, he worked diligently to find innovative ways to protect our State's workforce in the toughest of times. From foreclosure prevention to living wage implementation to workforce development and skills training, Tom established an aggressive portfolio that helped Marylanders weather a changing new economy.
"I am confident that he will serve the American people well as the nation's economy continues a strong recovery."
Perez served in the O'Malley-Brown Administration's Executive Cabinet from 2007 until 2009, when he was selected join the Obama Administration as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.