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Tom Perez

Thomas Perez, former United States Secretary of Labor and current Democratic National Committee Chairman, talks to a group of business, government and labor leaders in Missoula in 2015. Perez is speaking at the Lewis and Clark County Democrats' annual dinner in Helena tonight.

HELENA — Montana party officials say Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will speak at the Lewis and Clark County Democrats' annual dinner in Helena this fall.

Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman Sandi Luckey said Tuesday in a statement that Perez will be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 1 dinner.

She says DNC Vice Chairwoman Rep. Grace Meng of New York also will speak.

Perez was Labor Secretary under President Barack Obama before he became head of the organization to elect Democrats nationwide.

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He also worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he led the 2012 investigation into how the University of Montana and Missoula police and prosecutors handled rape reports.

A settlement resulted in the school and police changing their policies in responding to rape accusations.

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