Democrats Vote For Tom Perez As New Chair Of Democratic National Committee

Democrats selected Tom Perez for the new Chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday as they attempt to re-build the Democratic Party after losing the 2016 presidential race to Republican nominee Donald Trump and have struggled to secure a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and governorships across the county.

Members of the Democratic National Committee voted for Tom Perez over Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison by a margin of 235-200 (54 percent to 46 percent) after 2 rounds of voting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Donna Brazile has served as interim chairperson since Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chairwoman on July 28, 2016.

Perez was born in Buffalo, New York to parents who were first generation Dominican immigrants. His father earned U.S. citizenship after enlisting in the U.S. army after World War II.

Perez is a civil rights attorney who served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2013-2017 and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

After winning the election to become DNC chair, Perez motioned for Rep. Keith Ellison to be elected as Deputy Chairman of the DNC which won clear majority support.

Ellison called for unity in the party after his defeat.

“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided” Ellison said.

Ellison was the preferred candidate of Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats on the left wing of the Democratic party.

Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for both Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison on Saturday and said that she’s excited for “strong, unified party standing for best of our country into the future.”

Democrats will need to unify the party after a heated primary contest between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton revealed some of the ideological fractures that divided the party.

Although Hillary Clinton beat Trump by nearly 3 million popular votes (65,853,625 to Trump’s 62,985, 106) in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, she still lost to Trump in the electoral college vote by a margin of 77 votes (304- 227) and failed to win support across several key rust belt states across the Midwest that were previously won by former Democratic President Barack Obama.

Currently, there are 33 Republican governors compared to 16 Democratic governors and 1 Independent.

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