The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Tom Perez grew up in Buffalo where he learned the values of a union town: hard work, integrity, service, and perseverance.
After putting himself through college with Pell Grants and working on the back of a garbage truck, Tom passed up offers from white-shoe law firms, instead choosing to start his career as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Justice Department prosecuting racially motivated hate crimes.
For the past 8 years, Tom had the privilege of serving in President Obama’s administration. First as head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, where he led the charge against police misconduct, voter suppression, anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and immigrant-bashing sheriffs’ departments. Then as Secretary of Labor, fighting to protect and expand opportunities for America’s working people – from better wages and overtime pay, to retirement security and collective bargaining rights.
But Tom’s strongest roots are in local organizing. In 2002, he became the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council. And as board president of CASA de Maryland, Tom helped grow the organization from a small service provider in the basement of a church to one of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the mid-Atlantic.
Congressman Ro Khanna is proud to serve as the representative for California’s 17th District. Ro was elected to his first term in Congress in 2016. As First Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus, Ro has stood at the vanguard of national progressive politics, serving as co-chair of the Sanders presidential campaign, while remaining committed to bipartisan problem-solving in Washington, passing two bills into law during his first term.
During his time in Congress, Ro passed the historic War Powers Act to end U.S. involvement in Yemen, has founded the NO PAC Caucus, advocated for greater college affordability, and has acted as one of the most vocal champions for “Medicare for All” in the House. A member of the House Oversight Committee, Ro has worked for greater government transparency. As a part of the House Armed Services Committee, Ro has fought back against special interests and their monopolistic behavior, tackling private companies that gauge from our defense budget and jack up the cost of our national security, and has championed greater government investment in technology and R&D on the House Budget Committee.
Ro has worked to spread Silicon Valley jobs nationally to areas of the country left behind during the digital revolution and has introduced multiple articles of legislation to bring jobs to economically disadvantaged communities across the country.