Perez would replace Hilda Solis, a former member of Congress from California, who left the post in January. If confirmed by the Senate, he would take over the Labor Department as Obama pushes an increase in the federal minimum wage and an overhaul of immigration laws that could lead to changes in the nation's programs for admitting foreign workers.
Before taking the job as assistant attorney general, Perez served as secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where he vigorously enforced safety and wage laws and pushed through tough new consumer protections against foreclosure.
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