Hilda Solis resigns as labor secretary

President Barack Obama said Wednesday, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will not be returning to a second term. President Obama thanked Hilda for the service she provided to his administration.

“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.” Obama said.

Hilda Solis told colleagues that he had resigned the post, reported The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The White House issued a statement confirming the resignation and that during his long career in public service, Solis, state legislator, congressman and Secretary of Labor, has been a tireless advocate for working families in the United States.

“In the last four years, Secretary Solis has been an important member of my economic team, we have worked to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy of the middle class,” said President Obama, according with the statement issued by the administration.

“Their efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect the health and safety of workers and allow millions of Americans back to work,” he added.

In disclosing her resignation to Labor Department employees, Solis trumpeted their work on job training and community college programs. She also cited programs devoted to veteran’s employment, worker safety, and reclaiming lost wages.

“Because President Obama took very bold action, millions of Americans are back to work,” said Solis, a former member of Congress from California. “There is still much to do, but we are well on the road to recovery, and middle class Americans know the president is on their side.”

Solis has been widely expected to resign to run for office in Los Angeles, most likely to be LA County supervisor.

Obama did not announce a replacement.

In a December interview at a The Washington Post Live event, Solis recalled that a high school counselor “told me that I was not college material and that I should lower my sights and stay as secretary. Thirty years later, I can say my title is Secretary of Labor.”

Solis is the fifth Cabinet-level to announce his or her resignation prior to the start of Obama’s second term on Jan. 20.

Amount other Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Environmental Protection Agency administration Lisa Jackson have also announced their departures.

President Obama has nominated John Kerry, D-Mass., to replace Clinton at State and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to replace Panetta at the Pentagon.

Hilda L. Solis was born October 20th 1957, in Los Angeles; she is the 25th United State Secretary of Labor. Solis is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United State House of Representatives from 2001-2009. Solis was raised in La Puente, California, by immigrants parents form Nicaragua and Mexico. She gained degrees from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of Southern California. Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000. In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. She took office after being confirmed by theUnited States Senate in February 2009, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.