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John Pérez to Address DNC

Aug. 31, 2012

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John A. Perez
John A. Perez

California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Democratic National Committee/Obama for America campaign announced

"It is truly an honor to speak to my fellow Democrats in Charlotte to help re-elect our president," Pérez said.

Obama "has made restoring opportunities for working families and middle class Americans his most important priority," Pérez said. "President Obama understands that restoring prosperity for all means restoring opportunities for all."

Pérez, 42, is one of California's longest-serving speakers, continuing his ascent as a rising political star. Last week, Pérez was elected president of the National Speakers Conference, making him the first Californian to serve in that position.

Related: Pérez to Head National Speakers Conference

A leader in both the Latino and LGBT communities, Pérez is the first openly gay person elected speaker of a state legislature.

His priorities are job creation, investment and business expansion in California, green manufacturing reducing student fees at the state's public colleges.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Pérez worked for over 15 years in the labor movement.

Pérez was sworn in as the 68th speaker of the California Assembly in 2010.

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