The Ambassador



José Tomás Pérez is a Dominican Politician, and former pre-candidate for 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 of America, and presented his credential letters to President Barack Obama on Monday February 23rd, 2015.

José Tomás Pérez was born on February 14th, 1956 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. 

He graduated from the Autonomous University in Santo Domingo (UASD), majoring in Psychology. At Webster University in Missouri, USA he studied economics and finished with a Masters in Marketing. Additionally he graduated with a Masters Degree in the Higher Education in the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC). In 1993, José Tomás Pérez married Mrs. Caridad Santos de Pérez with whom he had 3 children.

José Tomás Pérez has been a member of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) since 1978, inspired by innovating ideas of Professor Juan Bosch. He was Secretary General of the Party for 2 years, elected by internal election winning about 80% of the vote. Representing the Dominican Liberation Party, Perez was elected as a Senator for the National District (Santo Domingo), from 2002-2006. During this period, he participated in a plethora of committees, specifically, the Committee on Reform of Congress, Finance Committee, Committee on Tourism, and the Agricultural Committee. Ambassador Pérez throughout his time in Senate, passed several legislation proposals, but the General Law on Free Access to Information (Law 200-04) is what he is most know for. During the government of Former President Leonel Fernandez (1996-2000), he served as Director General of the Industrial Development Corporation. From 2007 to 2011 he served as Secretary of State, Director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC).

Currently, Ambassador Jose Tomas Perez is also a member of the Central Committee and the Political Committee, the highest body of the party leadership.

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