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Tom Perez

The late actor Will Rogers once said, "I am not a member of any organized political party—I am a Democrat." That's why Democratic Party chair Tom Perez has one of the toughest jobs in the country.

The child of Dominican immigrants—with a dad who earned U.S. citizenship after enlisting in the Army—Tom absorbed early a family legacy of patriotism, immigrant striving and Catholic social justice. His parents told him, "In order to get to heaven, you have to have letters of reference from poor people."

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Prosecutor, civil rights lawyer, local elected official, Secretary of Labor, loving dad and husband, and now chairman of the Democratic National Committee—Tom's the right person to lead the world's longest-surviving political party during a stress test of our constitutional democracy. And he's smart enough to see that the key to victory is the passion of everyday people.

He's one himself.

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