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Thomas Perez on Abortion
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  • Committed to protecting and advancing reproductive rights. (Jul 2021)
Thomas Perez on Budget & Economy
Click here for 5 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Support small business, especially those needing extra help. (Jul 2021)
  • Ubiquitous, convenient transit needs to be a top priority. (Jul 2021)
  • Homeownership is the best source of affordable housing. (Jul 2021)
  • The stimulus worked, despite the Eeyore caucus. (Jun 2016)
  • 6 years of steady job growth, but not nearly enough. (Mar 2016)
Thomas Perez on Civil Rights
Click here for 5 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Civil rights is part of his DNA (and job history). (Jun 2021)
  • Respect John Lewis' stature as icon of civil rights movement. (Feb 2017)
  • Make good on opportunity for people with disabilities. (Feb 2016)
  • Expand opportunity for marginalized communities. (Feb 2016)
  • Women still earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. (Oct 2013)
Thomas Perez on Corporations
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Thomas Perez on Crime
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  • We need full-scale, nationwide reform of police departments. (Jul 2021)
Thomas Perez on Drugs
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  • Legalization means jobs, revenue; address past injustice. (Jul 2021)
  • Both treatment and prevention to deal with opioid addiction. (Jul 2021)
Thomas Perez on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Put himself through college with Pell grants & taking jobs. (Jul 2021)
  • Committed to fully funding our education system. (Jul 2021)
  • Pay teachers equitable and professional salaries. (Jul 2021)
  • Equal access to early childhood education. (Jul 2021)
  • Invest in school construction to address overcrowding. (Jul 2021)
  • We must work to promote diversity among our educators. (Jul 2021)
  • Make community colleges, trade schools tuition-free. (Jul 2021)
  • Focus on CTE: career technical education. (Mar 2016)
Thomas Perez on Energy & Oil
Click here for 4 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • 80% carbon free by 2030, 100% by 2035. (Jul 2021)
  • Renewable energy means high paying jobs open to unionization. (Jul 2021)
  • Offshore wind a win for workers, businesses, & environment. (Apr 2021)
  • Promote SolarCity manufacturing solar panels. (Mar 2016)
Thomas Perez on Environment
Click here for 2 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Took 70 years to get silica dust protections in place. (Jun 2016)
  • Coal dust: Shouldn't sacrifice your life for your livelihood. (Apr 2014)
Thomas Perez on Families & Children
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  • Parents need support to help them juggle work and family. (Jul 2021)
  • Expand access to paid leave & overtime protections. (Feb 2016)
  • US Is only industrialized nation without paid family leave. (Jan 2015)
  • Focus on reducing child labor internationally. (Oct 2014)
Thomas Perez on Foreign Policy
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  • The rest of the world is looking to America for leadership. (Jul 2016)
Thomas Perez on Free Trade
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  • TPP learned from past to protect the American worker. (Jul 2016)
  • Go after Chinese companies dumping steel here in the US. (Jun 2016)
Thomas Perez on Government Reform
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  • Increase accessible voting centers; end long lines. (Jul 2021)
  • Overhaul state unemployment system from ground up. (Jul 2021)
  • Open environmental data to fullest extent possible. (Jul 2021)
Thomas Perez on Gun Control
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Thomas Perez on Health Care
Click here for 4 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • 94% healthcare coverage not good enough; goal is 100%. (Jul 2021)
  • Ensure that there is equal access to mental health care. (Jul 2021)
  • Implement and strengthen state health equity program. (Jun 2021)
  • ObamaCare is an important part of anti-poverty efforts. (Oct 2013)
Thomas Perez on Homeland Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • ObamaCare has failed; repeal will lift the burden. (Feb 2017)
  • DOL helped reduce veteran unemployment from 8.7% to 4.3%. (Nov 2015)
Thomas Perez on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • As board president, grew local immigrant advocacy group. (Jul 2021)
  • Guarantee healthcare to immigrants, regardless of status. (Jul 2021)
  • Solution is to break down barriers, not to build walls. (Mar 2016)
  • Address immigration for economy, security, and morality. (Feb 2016)
  • Fixing broken system brings 11M workers out of shadows. (Oct 2013)
Thomas Perez on Jobs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Inequitable that women still not receiving equal pay. (Jul 2021)
  • Expand Maryland business-based job training program. (Jul 2021)
  • 75 months in a row of private sector job growth & 14M jobs. (Jun 2016)
  • Fight for 15: raise federal AND state minimum wage. (Jun 2016)
  • Long-overdue increase in the minimum wage, and index it. (Jan 2015)
  • Include homecare workers in minimum wage & overtime laws. (Oct 2013)
  • Full-time minimum wage workers should not live in poverty. (Oct 2013)
Thomas Perez on Local Issues
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Thomas Perez on Principles & Values
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  • Trump 2016 Russian collusion was unprecedented treachery. (Apr 2018)
  • Invest in grassroots every-Zip-code strategy. (Feb 2017)
  • First Latino elected to the Montgomery County Council. (Feb 2016)
Thomas Perez on Social Security
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  • Enforce laws misclassifying workers to avoid taxes. (Jul 2021)
  • Require retirement investment advisers to disclose their pay. (Mar 2016)
  • Can't cling to defined benefit mentality in modern world. (Jun 2015)
Thomas Perez on Tax Reform
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Thomas Perez on Technology
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  • We must build equitable digital infrastructure. (Jul 2021)
Thomas Perez on War & Peace
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Thomas Perez on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Invest in state's successful affordable housing program. (Jul 2021)
  • War on Poverty has reduced poor from 30% to 13%. (Oct 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Committed to protecting and advancing reproductive rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We must work to promote diversity among our educators: Strongly Favors topic 2
Inequitable that women still not receiving equal pay: Strongly Favors topic 2
Respect John Lewis' stature as icon of civil rights movement: Favors topic 2
Make good on opportunity for people with disabilities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Expand opportunity for marginalized communities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women still earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men: Strongly Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Put himself through college with Pell grants & taking jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 5
94% healthcare coverage not good enough; goal is 100%: Strongly Favors topic 5
Ensure that there is equal access to mental health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee healthcare to immigrants, regardless of status: Strongly Favors topic 5
Implement and strengthen state health equity program: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare has failed; repeal will lift the burden: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is an important part of anti-poverty efforts: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Enforce laws misclassifying workers to avoid taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Require retirement investment advisers to disclose their pay: Opposes topic 6
Can't cling to defined benefit mentality in modern world: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Committed to fully funding our education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pay teachers equitable and professional salaries: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Equal access to early childhood education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Focus on CTE: career technical education: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Open environmental data to fullest extent possible: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Took 70 years to get silica dust protections in place: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Coal dust: Shouldn't sacrifice your life for your livelihood: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
We need full-scale, nationwide reform of police departments: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
As board president, grew local immigrant advocacy group: Strongly Favors topic 12
Solution is to break down barriers, not to build walls: Strongly Favors topic 12
Address immigration for economy, security, and morality: Strongly Favors topic 12
Fixing broken system brings 11M workers out of shadows: Strongly Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
TPP learned from past to protect the American worker: Strongly Favors topic 13
Go after Chinese companies dumping steel here in the US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
The rest of the world is looking to America for leadership: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
DOL helped reduce veteran unemployment from 8.7% to 4.3%: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Increase accessible voting centers; end long lines: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
80% carbon free by 2030, 100% by 2035: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy means high paying jobs open to unionization: Strongly Favors topic 18
Offshore wind a win for workers, businesses, & environment: Strongly Favors topic 18
Promote SolarCity manufacturing solar panels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Legalization means jobs, revenue; address past injustice: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Both treatment and prevention to deal with opioid addiction: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support small business, especially those needing extra help: Strongly Favors topic 20
Homeownership is the best source of affordable housing: Strongly Favors topic 20
Expand Maryland business-based job training program: Strongly Favors topic 20
Invest in state's successful affordable housing program: Strongly Favors topic 20
The stimulus worked, despite the Eeyore caucus: Strongly Favors topic 20
6 years of steady job growth, but not nearly enough: Strongly Favors topic 20

Thomas Perez is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive
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