Perez explained that his municipal résumé is a boon to his current position. "Frankly, it makes me a better fed to have worked in state and local government because I have a very acute appreciation of the challenges" that they face, Perez said.
Perez turned 50 on Friday, which means there's likely space for a few more lines on his résumé before his career ends.
Asked about a potential return to elective office, Perez deftly dodged the question: "I've loved every job I've ever had. I am a firm believer in knowing what's right for me at any given time."