Senate confirmation hearings began today for labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez, whose nomination was announced in March.  During the first day of hearings, Perez, who would replace former labor secretary Hilda Solis, was grilled, as expected, on his involvement in controversial voting rights cases as well as his management “style” during his tenure in the Department of Justice.

Perez responded to the inquiries by focusing on his priorities as labor secretary, if appointed.  Aligning with the well-discussed objectives of President Obama’s second term, Perez emphasized his goals: jobs, fair pay, and “even handed enforcement” of wage and hour laws.

The senate committee is expected to vote on Perez’s confirmation next week.