Q&A with the gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor

Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.

A few weeks ago I sat down with Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who was named assistant secretary of labor last year by President Barack Obama. Martinez, who heads the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, was in Dallas to kick off a six-city Disability Listening Tour. Here are excerpts from my conversation with Martinez, which took place at the Westin City Center in downtown Dallas:

—  John Wright