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Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis
Personal data
Date of birthOctober 20, 1957(age 59)
Place of birthLos Angeles, California, United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseSam Sayyad
Alma materCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona
University of Southern California
ProfessionGovernment analyst
ReligionRoman Catholicism
25th United States Secretary of Labor
Assumed officeFebruary 24, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputySeth Harris
Preceded byElaine Chao
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 32nd district
In officeJanuary 3, 2003 - February 24, 2009
Succeeded byJudy Chu
Preceded byDiane Watson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 31st district
In officeJanuary 3, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byXavier Becerra
Preceded byMatthew Martínez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 's 24th district
In officeDecember 5, 1994 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byGloria Romero
Preceded byArthur Torres
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 's 57th district
In officeDecember 7, 1992 - December 5, 1994
Succeeded byMartin Gallegos
Preceded byDave Elder

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Hilda Lucia Solis (-ensɵˈliːspron; born October 20, 1957) 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. She gained degrees from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of Southern California (USC) and worked for two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Returning to her native state, she was elected to the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in 1985, the California State Assembly in 1992, and the California State Senate in 1994. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998. She became known for her work toward environmental justice and was the first female recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000.

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. She was reelected easily to four subsequent terms. In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next United States Secretary of Labor. 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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