Photo Gallery: Secretary Perez Sworn-In to Office by Vice President Joe Biden
(September 4, 2013)
Vice President Biden tells the Great Hall audience that Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is an embodiment of the American Dream.
The vice president, in his remarks, points to Secretary Perez's lifelong commitment to providing opportunities for success to American workers.
Vice President Biden notes that elected and senior officials rely on and need the strong support of their families during their time in public service.
Vice President Biden prepares to administer the oath of office to Labor Secretary Perez. The secretary is joined by his wife Ann Marie Staudenmaier; his son, Rafael; and his daughters, Amalia and Susana.
Secretary Perez takes the oath of office with his family at his side.
The vice president congratulates Labor Secretary Perez following oath of office.
Secretary Perez addresses Great Hall audience after his swearing in.
Secretary Perez calls for investment in the nation's workforce and a safe and level playing field for American workers.
Secretary Perez acknowledges applause following his remarks.
Rabbi David Saperstein opens the swearing-in ceremony with an invocation.
Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris welcomes guests to the department for the swearing in.
Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, praises Secretary Perez for his public service.
Secretary Perez introduces his daughters to Donna E. Shalala, who recruited Perez to serve in the Department of Health and Human Services when she was the department's secretary. Now the president of the University of Miami, Shalala spoke at the swearing-in ceremony.