(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS AND ZACH TOOMBS
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


Yet another member of President Obama’s cabinet has announced she will not be returning for the administration’s second term.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says she’s made the decision to leave the cabinet after speaking with family and close friends, although she did not give specifics as to why. She served through the entirety of Obama’s first term as the first Hispanic woman in a U.S. president’s cabinet.

The announcement makes Solis the fifth member of Obama’s cabinet to resign before his second term.

That list includes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonDefense Secretary Leon PanettaTreasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

But her departure has drawn special attention for the fact that she would have been one of the few remaining women in Obama’s cabinet. With Solis and Hillary Clinton on the way out, White House spokesman Jay Carney has had to answer questions over whether women and minorities will be adequately represented in the new Obama administration.

"The president does believe that diversity is very important, he also believes that picking the absolute right person for the job is very important.”

Although Solis has been praised by labor groups for a strong stance on workers’ rights, she’s drawn the ire of business leaders, who say she’s been too aggressive on wage and hour law enforcement.

The Washington Post notes that coal mine safety experts have also taken her to task for...

“... failing to shake up the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration … in the wake of the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 29 workers.”

Solis served as a California lawmaker before joining the Obama administration. LA Observed reports rumors that she might run for Los Angeles county supervisor when that seat opens in 2014.

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Jan 9, 2013

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Resigns

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS AND ZACH TOOMBS
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


Yet another member of President Obama’s cabinet has announced she will not be returning for the administration’s second term.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says she’s made the decision to leave the cabinet after speaking with family and close friends, although she did not give specifics as to why. She served through the entirety of Obama’s first term as the first Hispanic woman in a U.S. president’s cabinet.

The announcement makes Solis the fifth member of Obama’s cabinet to resign before his second term.

That list includes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonDefense Secretary Leon PanettaTreasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.

But her departure has drawn special attention for the fact that she would have been one of the few remaining women in Obama’s cabinet. With Solis and Hillary Clinton on the way out, White House spokesman Jay Carney has had to answer questions over whether women and minorities will be adequately represented in the new Obama administration.

"The president does believe that diversity is very important, he also believes that picking the absolute right person for the job is very important.”

Although Solis has been praised by labor groups for a strong stance on workers’ rights, she’s drawn the ire of business leaders, who say she’s been too aggressive on wage and hour law enforcement.

The Washington Post notes that coal mine safety experts have also taken her to task for...

“... failing to shake up the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration … in the wake of the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 29 workers.”

Solis served as a California lawmaker before joining the Obama administration. LA Observed reports rumors that she might run for Los Angeles county supervisor when that seat opens in 2014.

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