The Vice President Running Mate For The Democratic Party Could Be One Of Us

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Despite the fact that the party’s nomination is still up for grabs, that hasn’t stopped political pundits from trying to guess who will be tapped to join the Democratic ticket as Vice President. Believe it or not, the second most powerful person in the free world could be one of us.

Meet Thomas Perez, possible Vice President nominee.

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Since 2013, Perez has served in President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor. His department is in charge of everything that has to do with employment and labor. Worker’s compensation? That’s the Department of Labor. Overtime? Yep, Department of Labor.

He is Dominican-American.

13th January 2016 - Philadelphia, PA. - U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez tours with Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia Michael Savage, President & CEO, Garry Fudala, VP, of PTR Baler & Compactor. ***Official Department of Labor Photograph*** Photographs taken by the federal government are generally part of the public domain and may be used, copied and distributed without permission. Unless otherwise noted, photos posted here may be used without the prior permission of the U.S. Department of Labor. Such materials, however, may not be used in a manner that imply any official affiliation with or endorsement of your company, website or publication. Photo Credit: Department of Labor Shawn T Moore
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Secretary Perez grew up in Buffalo, New York. His dad, Rafael, became a citizen after serving in the Army during World Ward II. His mom, Grace, was the daughter of the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the U.S.

Prior to his cabinet position, he was the Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights.

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Working under then Attorney General Eric Holder, Thomas Perez investigated the Trayvon Martin shootingJoe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s shady practices that singled out Latinos and Voter ID laws in Texas that made it harder for Latinos to vote.

Elizabeth Warren is a big fan of his.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 6: Elizabeth Warren takes the stage for her acceptance after beating incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Bown at the Copley Fairmont November 6, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts. The campaign was highly contested and closely watched and went down to the wire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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For the unfamiliar, Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic Senator for Massachusetts. A progressive, Senator Warren — along with Bernie Sanders — has long argued that private money and corporate interests are screwing over Americans. Many people wanted her to run for President but she chose to sit this one out. According to Politico, Senator Warren told a group of politicians back in September that Perez would be great for the job. Many insiders feel that Secretary Perez, who’s cut from the same progressive cloth as Warren, would keep Hillary Clinton honest should she win the nomination.

Secretary Perez isn’t the only Latino who could be Vice President.

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Admittedly it’s still too early to be talking about Secretary Perez as a potential running mate and, even then, he’s still considered a dark horse. The good news is that even if Secretary Perez isn’t picked by the eventual Democratic nominee, he’s not the only Latino being mentioned as a possible VP pick. Also in the running is Julian Castro, another member of President Obama’s Cabinet. Castro was mayor of San Antonio before being tapped to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Castro also has the endorsement of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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