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Some Facts About Newly Elected DNC Chairman 'Tom Perez'

He Supports Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour
Thomas Perez addresses a summit on "creating employment opportunities for post-9/11 veterans and military families" at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce June 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Getty)
While he was secretary of labor, Tom Perez expressed support for the movement to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“I’m proud to stand with the Fight for $15 movement,” Perez said in August 2015. “And it really is a movement. It’s for shared prosperity.”

During the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton advocated for a $12 federal minimum wage, while Bernie Sanders said it should be $15. However, Clinton was supportive of state-by-state efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Keith Ellison, who came in second during the DNC chair race, also supports a $15 federal minimum wage.

Perez has been advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage since his first year on the job as secretary of labor. In September 2013, a few weeks after he was confirmed as secretary of labor, Perez said that raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative.

“We are fighting for an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner. “It is a moral and economic imperative that we raise the federal minimum wage. People who work full-time in America shouldn’t live in poverty.”

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour, as it has been since 2009. In 2014, Pew Research found that 73 percent of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour; that includes 53 percent of Republicans.

He Supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership

There were some major disagreements among Democrats in 2016 on the issue of trade, especially when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Bernie Sanders opposed and Hillary Clinton called the “gold standard in trade” before eventually opposing as well.

When asked in a July 2016 interview if he still supports the TPP, Perez said, “Absolutely. Absolutely what we have done in the negotiations with Mexico and with Vietnam are I think some of the most far-reaching protections that we’ve seen in a labor agreement. And that’s the work that I have done and I’m proud of that work we’ve done.”

And in an interview with PBS conducted at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Perez explained, “Globalization is a force that we can’t put the genie in the bottle. I think that we have a lot more agreement than meets the eye because what the president’s trying to do, and there’s a viewpoint diversity among progressive Democrats on this issue, is to put American values on globalization. So that means his North Star in any trade agreement is the American worker.”

He Was Endorsed by Joe Biden, While Bernie Sanders Endorsed Keith Ellison
Tom Perez as he arrives to address the Apprenticeship Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 8, 2015. (Getty)
To give you an idea of what other prominent Democratic politicians Tom Perez lines up with, he was endorsed by former vice president Joe Biden.

“Tom knows how to talk to people, not down to them,” Biden said in a statement upon announcing his endorsement. “He knows how to explain why our party’s core beliefs matter to the immigrant family in Arizona and the coal miner in West Virginia. That matters.”

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, endorsed Keith Ellison, saying that Tom Perez represents the failed status quo.

“The question is simple: Do we stay with a failed status-quo approach or do we go forward with a fundamental restructuring of the Democratic Party?” Sanders said in a statement. “I say we go forward and create a grassroots party which speaks for working people.”

After Perez was appointed chair of the DNC, Sanders said on Twitter, “It’s imperative Tom understands that the same-old, same-old isn’t working and that we must bring in working and young people in a new way.”

Also endorsing Keith Ellison were Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer.

Perez supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, and he said of Sanders in April 2016, “I appreciate the idealistic vision that Sen. Sanders articulates, but we are a nation of dreamers and doers and the folks I talk to who want to adjust their status — they don’t want revolutions. They want results.”

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