Democrats elect Tom Perez, former Labor secretary, as new party leader

Perez’s election as the next Democratic National Committee chair is a reflection of the party’s leftward drift – all of the contestants packaged themselves as progressives eager to tangle with Trump on voting and civil rights and economic policies favoring the wealthy.

A former Department of Justice civil rights lawyer, Perez emphasized fighting against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona on immigration issues, stopping voter ID laws and taking on Wall Street in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis.