Hilda Solis leaves after serving since 2009, three sources tell BuzzFeed.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
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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.
Solis was one of the least-visible members of Obama’s cabinet.
“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 activist.
Obama praised her 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.
Solis, a former member of Congress from California, has served as Secretary since 2009.
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