Perez, Lyons join O'Malley team
Former Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez delivered a portion of his remarks in Spanish and touted the "value of inclusion" as he was introduced this morning by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as the state's next secretary of labor, licensing and regulation.
Perez, who became the first Hispanic nominated by O'Malley, said his new post is "a critically important office for working families across this state" and pledged to promote workforce development and be responsive to the needs of both workers and businesses.
Perez, a civil rights lawyer and health advocate, ran for attorney general last year, but his bid was cut short by a court ruling that he was ineligible for the office.
O'Malley also nominated James E. Lyons Sr., president of California State University at Dominguez Hills, as his secretary of higher education. Lyons served as president of Maryland's Bowie State University from 1983 to 1992.
"I'm delighted to be back home in Maryland," Lyons said, sharing that he plans to buy a home in Prince George's County.
With the two picks, O'Malley has now nominated 10 Cabinet members -- about half of those he gets to appoint.
"With each new Cabinet secretary, our stress level goes down," O'Malley said.
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