Hilda Solis, a leader and fighter for civil rights for women and people of color, has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be his Secretary of Labor.
“I am thrilled by the nomination of Hilda Solis, who has been a long-time strong champion for feminist issues in the House of Representatives,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. Solis is a former chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and authored a record 17 anti-domestic violence laws as a California State Senator.
AFL-CIO president John Sweeney also expressed support: “We’re confident that she will return to the Labor Department one of its core missions to defend workers’ basic rights in our nation’s workplaces.” Solis has voted 100% with organized labor in the past year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the House, Solis is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Natural Resources Committees, and the House Select Committee of Independence and Global Warming.