Hilda Solis

United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Hilda Lucia Solis is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Solis was raised in La Puente, California, by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico.
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Rock band Elefante, Hilda Solis to attend event to raise support for earthquake victims in Mexico
LATimes - 5 months
L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Mexico City pop-rock band Elefante plan to team up with other special guests Saturday evening for a concert in East L.A. to raise money and support for victims of three recent earthquakes in Mexico. While the free concert at Belvedere Park Lake — part of...
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Los Angeles County, city officials call on Congress to pass Dream Act
LATimes - 5 months
Los Angeles politicians on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration’s decision to scrap protections for young men and women in the United States without legal status and urged Congress to pass legislation to aid so-called “Dreamers.” Los Angles County supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn...
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$15,000 reward offered for information in killing of East L.A. father in 2014
LATimes - about 1 year
Andrew Ruben Fierro was listening to music on his headphones moments before he was shot to death outside his in-laws’ East Los Angeles home on Aug. 22, 2014.  Fierro, a 31-year-old truck dispatcher, was double parked in the 200 block of North Arizona Avenue, waiting for his wife to bring their two children outside, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Martindale. It was 9:45 p.m. on a Friday night, and Fierro and his wife had been at the grocery store buying supplies for a family outing to the beach the next day, Martindale said. Then someone walked up to the driver’s side door. It’s not clear if Fierro or the gunman opened the door, Martindale said, but someone began firing into the car, striking Fierro multiple times in the head and torso.  Neighbors heard the gunfire and saw a dark-colored, possibly red compact car driving away southbound from the scene.  The car turned west on First Street and drove out of sight, but investigators found a smashed shell casing at that...
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The Ethics Problems Plaguing Trump's Cabinet Have Sunk Plenty Of Prior Nominees
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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The Disappearing Cabinet: More than a Parlor Game
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As a journalist for thirty years, I am embarrassed to admit this, but I can't name the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. No, nor the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Interior, Education, Energy, Transportation, Treasury, Labor, or the head of the EPA. Shame on me. But I draw perverse comfort from knowing few of my fellow journalists, or for that matter, most public-minded citizens, can name them either. I've put them to the test. (Quick, tell me who Hilda Solis is -Answer: Obama's Labor Sec for four years.) Indeed, a few years back, I tried it on a class of Harvard's Nieman Fellows, a distinguished group of mid-career journalists. Most were stumped. So, what gives? A generation ago, there wasn't a self-respecting reporter who could not reel off the names of most cabinet secretaries. It was easy: They were constantly in the papers, their faces on the nightly news. Over the decades, they were part of a highly visible and influential coterie, going back to ...
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40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the nation's ever-so important growing demographic by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of these leaders for their worldwide achievements. One way to do so is through the Global Diaspora Week which perfectly coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, thus creating a great opportunity to highlight diverse innovators from one of the nation's largest groups, the Hispanic Diaspora. Another is by admiring the great role models in international affairs such as: Hon. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Amb. Arnold Chacon, Amb. Carmen Lomellin, Amb. Carolyn Curiel, Deputy Secretary Jaime Areizaga Soto, Amb. Julissa Reynoso, Amb. Lino Gutierrez, Hon. Maria Echaveste, Hon. Maria Otero, Dr. Rebecca Chavez, Amb. Tony Garza and Amb. Vilma Martinez to name a few. They have paved the way for the current generation of rising stars who must now take the mantle and open doors for others because today there are still too few Hispanics in the U....
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As We Celebrate National Minority Health Month, Let's Challenge Stigma and Shame
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
April is dedicated to focusing on health care needs and disparities within communities of color in the United States. This month, the Office of Minority Health, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services joins with its partners in raising public awareness about health and health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity. Latinos in the U.S. have important health care needs that we must make visible, and in April we have the perfect opportunity. One of the issues that rarely gets the attention it deserves is our community's access to reproductive health care. This month, let's look together at the advancements as well as the ongoing reproductive health care needs of Latinos in the U.S. Latinos have consistently been one of the most rapidly growing communities in the United States, with a population that has increased six times since 1970. In that time, we have made massive gains: we have become lawmakers and...
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FBI talked with Solis about Obama fundraiser, consultant says
LATimes - about 4 years
An advisor says the former Labor secretary met agents in November 2012 to talk about an event held in L.A. Federal law bars Cabinet officials from directly raising campaign funds. The FBI spoke with former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama, but the candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor believes she did nothing wrong and doesn't know if the inquiry is continuing, her campaign consultant said Monday.     
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Solis faced federal inquiry concerning role in Obama fundraiser
LATimes - about 4 years
The former U.S. Labor secretary is the front-runner for an open seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the front-runner for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, faced a federal inquiry concerning her involvement in a fundraiser for President Obama, according to two sources familiar with the case.     
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These Are All The Worst Things About LA, According To 2020 Commission
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Los Angeles has choking traffic, high poverty rates and slow job growth, a new report on the city concludes. Also, locals don't trust City Hall, pension costs are rising and planning documents are outdated. "Los Angeles is barely treading water while the rest of the world is moving forward," the report titled "A Time for Truth" states. The 13-member, 2020 Commission helmed by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor released the much-anticipated document on Wednesday marking the end of a nearly year-long research process. City Council President Herb Wesson requested the report as a way to bring "fresh eyes" to the city's ongoing budget woes. The reaction to the report seemed to mostly be met with the refrain: "So, what else is new?" A handful of local leaders noted it broke little new ground. "I didn't learn anything from this," said Steve Soboroff, Los Angeles Police Commission president. "This is stuff that has been out there." Still, the 20-page report was unspari...
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Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis takes Cal Poly Pomona post
LATimes - about 4 years
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken a position as a scholar in residence at Cal Poly Pomona, officials said Thursday.`
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Latinas and Modern Marianismo
Huffington Post - over 4 years
My work around Latina leadership often involves me addressing important factors relating to the cultural context of the Latino community. Often, Latinas want to discuss the influence their Latino upbringing has on their success and obstacles. Time after time, when I speak to audiences, Latinas say the Latino cultural context resonates with them because they are trying to merge two cultures -- the Latino and the American. In my doctoral research, I emphasized the influence of the Marianismo Ideal which was first introduced by Evelyn P. Stevens (1973) and highlighted by Dr. Rosa Gil and Dr. Carmen Inoa-Vazquez in their book The Maria Paradox (1997). The Marianismo Ideal has traditionally focused on Latinas as nurturing women who carry the responsibility of caring for others which can include: immediate and extended family, friends, church and colleagues. What seems to hit home, is trying to master the act of caring for others while working on a career, being active in the community, b...
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Hilda Solis: Immigration reform delays slow job growth
USA Today - over 4 years
Economic considerations are not driving this debate.
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Lee Hernandez: 10 Reasons Every Latino Should Watch Devious Maids on Sunday Night
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By now you've probably heard a million reasons why you shouldn't watch Devious Maids (the new Eva Longoria and Marc Cherry produced dramedy premiering Sunday night on Lifetime), but I'm here to tell you 10 reasons you should watch it -- especially if you're Latino! While I respect the opinion of those in the community who believe the show reinforces Latino stereotypes, I had a very different reaction to the show when I watched it this week on Lifetime.com (the pilot is already available online). First of all, I was floored by the great performances from Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez and the rest of the ensemble. I got goose-bumps when I saw the names of four Latinas I respect greatly listed in the opening credits as the show's four leads (the last time that happened? Never!). I laughed and (almost) cried. I'm glad I gave Devious Maids a chance, because if I hadn't, I'd be missing out on a great show. And I want all Latinos to give the show a chance like I did, so I wro...
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Turkey Sees Future in Asia With Joining SOC
Voice of America - almost 5 years
Frustrated in its attempt to join the European Union, NATO-member Turkey last week signed up as a partner with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the security bloc dominated by China and Russia that includes the Central Asian states. But, Ankara still has major differences with China and Russia that need to be ironed out.   Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the signing of the SCO cooperation agreement as an historic day for his country, saying Turkey is the ...
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 58
    She said a priority for 2016 would be "to reaffirm our commitment to our diverse county family – to make this family, our family, inclusive for everybody, no matter their background, no matter where they come from, no matter how far down the scale they have been."
    In February 2016 she praised Governor Jerry Brown for finally increasing state funds for the cleanup, saying "Our voices were heard.
  • 2015
    Age 57
    The budget here is $26 billion, much more than what I was used to in D.C." In December 2015 Solis took over as Chair of the Supervisors, a position which is rotated on a yearly basis.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    Solis won the seat on June 4, 2014, garnering 70 percent of the vote against two other opponents.
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    On April 5, 2014, Solis formally announced the start of her campaign for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seat, with the election to be held on June 3.
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    Solis's departure from the Labor Department was linked to an interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014, when incumbent Gloria Molina would be term-limited.
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  • 2013
    Age 55
    In November 2013, Solis became a scholar-in-residence at her alma mater of Cal Poly Pomona. Her duties were to include guest lecturing in classes, mentoring students, and assisting in curriculum development, with a focus in political science. During early 2014, reports emerged that the United States Office of Special Counsel, the United States Department of Justice, and the FBI had begun investigating Solis during 2012 for possible violations of fundraising rules by federal officials during her time as Labor Secretary.
    Later during January 2013, Solis confirmed her interest in the County Board of Supervisors race, saying "I'm going to take a look at it."
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    Her last day in office was January 22, 2013.
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    On January 9, 2013, Solis tendered her resignation as Secretary of Labor, becoming one of several Cabinet members deciding not to stay on for Obama's second term.
  • 2012
    Age 54
    Allegations were made that Solis solicited subordinates for funds for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Obama.
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    In October 2012, Solis defended the work of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after the Current Population Survey it puts out monthly reported that unemployment in the United States had fallen below eight percent for this first time since Obama took office.
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  • 2010
    Age 52
    In the wake of the April 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia, the worst in the U.S. in forty years, Solis announced that the Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration would conduct an internal review of its enforcement of the Massey Energy mine prior to the accident.
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    For 2010, Solis's agenda was to enact some ninety new rules and regulations intended to grant more power to unions and to workers.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    In July 2009, she expressed concern about workplace deaths among Hispanics, which she said they were especially vulnerable to (her continuing attention to issues such as this during her tenure would lead to Hispanic workers considering her their champion).
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    In late May 2009, Solis suspended immigrant guest worker regulations related to H‑2A visas adopted in the final days of the Bush administration; the move earned plaudits from the United Farm Workers.
    In late March 2009, Solis vowed to add 250 investigators to the department's Wage and Hour Division after a Government Accountability Office report showed the division's enforcement of wage laws was quite inadequate; the staffing up was completed by the end of the year.
    In her first days as secretary, Solis affirmed an extension to unemployment benefits specified by the 2009 Obama stimulus package, and joined Vice President Biden's Middle Class Task Force.
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    After still further delays, Republicans agreed not to subject her nomination to a filibuster and on February 24, 2009, Solis was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 80–17.
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    On February 11, 2009, the committee approved her nomination by voice vote with two votes opposed.
    She took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2009, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.
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    Solis's confirmation hearings were held on January 9, 2009, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
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    Solis previously served as the 25th United States Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013, as part of the administration of President Barack Obama.
  • 2008
    Age 50
    On December 18, 2008, sources close to the Obama transition team identified Solis as the President-elect's choice for U.S. Secretary of Labor, the last cabinet position yet to be filled.
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    Solis did not become wealthy from her political career; by 2008, she and her husband's main assets consisted of retirement funds and his auto shop, valued at under $100,000.
    Solis was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid; when that fell short, Barack Obama aggressively sought her support, as part of strengthening his appeal to Hispanic voters.
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    In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    However, during 2006 and 2007, Solis was part of a falling out between several female representatives and Joe Baca, leader of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, arguing there was a "lack of respect afforded to women members of the Hispanic Caucus," which Baca denied.
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    From 2006 to 2008 she wrote blog entries for The Huffington Post.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    She received 100 percent ratings from several pro-labor groups for the years 2005 through 2007, and was a major recipient of union political donations.
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    Solis was not a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, but championed the Employee Free Choice Act and was the only member of Congress on the board of American Rights at Work, a pro-union organization that strongly supports the act, for whom she served as treasurer starting in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    In 2003 she sponsored legislation that funded a National Park Service study to designate a large swath of the Angeles National Forest, the Puente and Chino Hills, and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River, a National Recreation Area. (In 2013, after Solis had left the Obama administration, the Park Service recommended proceeding with a greatly reduced version of the original proposal; while other advocates evinced disappointment, Solis said it was still a positive step and that Congress could expand the area in whatever legislation it undertook.)
  • 2002
    Age 44
    She was reelected for additional terms in 2002, 2004, and 2006 by very large margins, twice with no Republican in opposition.
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  • 2000
    Age 42
    By May, she was co-sponsoring legislation to rescind the change and restore the higher occupancy requirement, which passed and took effect in July 2000.
    She defeated the incumbent Martínez in the March 2000 Democratic primary by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin.
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    Term limits would have prevented Solis from seeking reelection to the State Senate. After months of deliberation, she decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 against 18-year incumbent Matthew G. Martínez in the 31st congressional district, which consisted largely of working class Hispanics and Asians.
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    Due to her work in overcoming obstacles for environmental justice, in 2000 Solis was given the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and was praised as "a politician who hasn't shied away from challenging the old boy network both within and without the Latino community".
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    Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where she focused mainly on labor causes and environmental work.
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  • 1999
    Age 41
    Solis faced controversy with her 1999 legislation, SB 63, that lowered the carpool restrictions on the El Monte Busway from three or more occupants to two or more.
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    She returned in 1999 with a weakened measure, which was signed by Governor Gray Davis.
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  • 1998
    Age 40
    She was reelected in 1998 with 74 percent of the vote.
    She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    In 1997, she worked to pass environmental justice legislation with a law to protect low-income and minority communities from newly located landfills, pollution sources, and other environmental hazards in neighborhoods that already had such sites.
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  • 1995
    Age 37
    Solis held high-profile hearings on labor law enforcement following a summer 1995 sweatshop raid in El Monte that discovered more than 70 Thai workers existing in slave-like conditions.
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    In 1995 she sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75; it was strongly opposed by business organizations and the restaurant industry.
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  • 1994
    Age 36
    Solis ran for the seat, won the Democratic primary with 63 percent of the vote against two opponents, and then won the 1994 general election with 63 percent of the vote against Republican Dave Boyer's 33 percent.
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    The Democratic incumbent in Solis's 24th State Senate district, Art Torres, gave up his office when he received the 1994 Democratic nomination for the statewide office of California Insurance Commissioner.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    In the June 1992 Democratic primary to fill the open seat, Solis's opponents had the endorsement of powerful State Assemblyman Richard Polanco and the former incumbent.
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  • 1991
    Age 33
    Solis had the opportunity to run for the California State Assembly when, after California's 1991 redistricting, the incumbent Dave Elder in Solis's 57th State Assembly district was shifted into another district, while her new representative retired.
    She gained added political visibility in 1991 when she was named to the Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, a political mentor.
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  • 1989
    Age 31
    She was reelected in 1989.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 27
    Friends urged her to try for elective office, and so in 1985, she ran for the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District.
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  • 1982
    Age 24
    Returning to California, Solis became Director of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program in 1982, to help disadvantaged youth gain necessary preparation for college.
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  • 1981
    Age 23
    At the start of the Reagan administration in 1981, she became a management analyst at the civil rights division of the Office of Management and Budget, but her dislike for Ronald Reagan's policies motivated her to leave later that year.
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  • 1980
    Age 22
    Solis served near the end of the Carter administration in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs, where she was editor-in-chief of a newsletter during a 1980–1981 Washington semester internship as part of her master's program.
  • 1979
    Age 21
    She graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on October 20, 1957.
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