First Latino To Lead DNC
First Ever Latino Head of Democratic Party
Over the weekend at the DNC’s Winter Meeting in Atlanta, DNC members from across the country elected Tom Perez, the first ever Latino, to serve as Chair of the DNC. Chair Tom Perez said, “We are at a turning point for our party and for all Americans. As I often say, this is a ‘Where were ya?’ moment. Years from now our children and grandchildren will ask us, ‘Where were you when Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans attacked our values as a party and a country?’ I want to be able to say I did everything in my power to fight back. “That’s why I got in this race – because January 20th was an important day, but January 21st was an even more important day. Millions of Americans stood up to say: Mr. President, your values are not our values. “By getting back to basics, we can turn the Democratic Party around, take the fight to Donald Trump, and win elections from school board to the Senate. “I’m humbled by this opportunity to lead our team, and that’s exactly what we’ll do together.”
The DNC stated in a press-release that “Tom Perez is a proven leader who has spent his life standing up for progressive values and making real change happen at the local, statewide, and national levels. From putting himself through college on the back of a garbage truck to rebuilding the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor, Tom has never shied away from a challenge. He has faced some of the toughest fights like taking on Wall Street, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and special interests – and won. Tom wants to bring that fighting spirit and his proven record of turning around complex organizations to the DNC”.
Tom lives in Takoma Park, Maryland – in the same house he lived in when he was the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council – with his wife, Ann Marie and three children.