The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
1989 Humphrey Award Recipients
Honorable Barbara Jordan
Jordan, who represented the 18th Congressional District of Texas, was one of the first two African-Americans from the South to be elected to Congress since reconstruction.
Honorable Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Weicker represented Connecticut in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, going on to become governor of the state. As a Republican senator in the 1970s, he battled with his own party during Watergate, and introduced the first draft of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1988. His general distrust of partisan politics led him to break with the Republicans in 1989 to run for--and win--governorship of Connecticut as an independent in 1990.