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O'Malley to Name United Way Executive to Cabinet

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Tuesday will announce his selection of a United Way of America executive as the state's new secretary of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, according to aides.

Alex Sanchez has been chosen to succeed Thomas E. Perez, who has been nominated by President Obama to head the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sanchez, a Virginia resident whom O'Malley aides say is planning to move to Maryland, currently serves as Senior Vice President for Community Impact Leadership at the United Way.

Sanchez's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation when the legislature returns in January, but he is expected to start serving in acting capacity.

The 2,000-employee department he will lead oversees employment training, job-placement services, unemployment insurance and many of the state's licensing and regulatory boards.

Perez emerged as one of the stars in O'Malley's Cabinet, taking an active role on home foreclosure issues and helping make the administration's case for legalizing slot-machine gambling.

-- John Wagner

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 21, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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