Jose Tomás Pérez Vázquez is a psychologist and Dominican Politician, former pre-candidate for the presidency by the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). He was appointed by President Danilo Medina in December 2014 as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Dominican Republic to the United States. He presented the Credentials Letters to President Barack Obama, on Monday February 23, 2015.
José Tomás Pérez was born in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, on February 14, 1956, he is the eldest of ten children of the marriage of Mrs. Ana Evarista Vázquez Bretón and Mr. Juan Tomás Pérez Jiménez.
He completed his primary education in the city of La Vega and his high school studies in Santo Domingo. He graduated in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD). He studied economics, to then undertake a Masters in Marketing at Webster University, Missouri, USA and a Master in Higher Education in the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic.
In 1993 he married Mrs. Caridad Santos de Pérez with whom he had three children: Joscary, Jossel and Carileen Pérez Santos. He has two children from a previous marriage, José Tomás and Roselyn Pérez.
During the government of former President Leonel Fernandez, 1996-2000, he served as Director General of the Industrial Development Corporation (now PROINDUSTRIA). From 2007 to 2011 he was Secretary of State, Director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC).
He is a member of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) since 1978, driven by the innovative and revolutionary ideas of Professor Juan Bosch. He was Secretary General of the Party for two and a half years, a position agreed upon by internal elections with about 80% of the votes. Representing the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), he was elected to the position of Senator for the National District during the period 2002-2006. During this period he participated in various committees, including the Committee on Reform of the Congress, which was responsible for both institutional and infrastructure transformation, as well as the Finance Committee, Committee on Tourism, Agriculture Committee, among others. Under the legislation proposals approved during his passage through the Senate, stands out the General Law on Free Access to Information (Law 200-04).
He was a presidential pre-candidate by the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) and is currently a member of the Central Committee and the Political Committee, the highest body of the party leadership.
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