Jan 9, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Hill: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning from the Obama administration, the White House announced Wednesday.
Solis was a four-term congresswoman representing southern California, and was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.
Solis becomes the fifth member of the Cabinet to announce that she intends to leave in Obama’s second term, joining Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson.
Excerpted from The Hill: Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will stay in their positions in President Obama’s second term, White House officials said Thursday.
Excerpted from Buzzfeed: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigned Wednesday afternoon, three sources told BuzzFeed.
Her departure means one fewer woman in a cabinet that is already facing criticism for including too many men. As recently as Wednesday, White House Press Secretary was defending the gender diversity of the administration.
“Women are well represented in the senior staff here,” Carney told reporters, striking a defensive tone barely an hour before news of Solis’s resignation broke.
Solis was one of the least-visible members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, rarely appearing on national television or with the president.
“She was involved a lot in labor specific stuff but you didn’t see her out there a lot on, or being listened to, giving the side of what working families would think about taxes, health care, etc,” said one Labor official.
Obama praised Solis in a statement announcing her resignation.
Over her long career in public service – as an advocate for environmental justice in California, state legislator, member of Congress and Secretary of Labor – Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families. Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class. Her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work. I am grateful to Secretary Solis for her steadfast commitment and service not only to the Administration, but on behalf of the American people. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
A White House official confirmed to BuzzFeed that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Attorney General Eric Holder will remain in their current posts into Obama’s second term.