Hilda Solis Confirmed as Secretary of Labor

By a vote of 80-17, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Hilda Solis as the 25th Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor’s website has posted photos of her arrival at agency headquarters.

Solis served in Congress from 2001-2009, representing California’s 32nd Congressional District. DOL’s press release notes that she authored the Green Jobs Act, which provides funding for green-collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at-risk youth, and members of families living below 200% of the federal poverty line. She also served for several years in California government, “becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate” in 1994, and she “led the battle to in increase the state’s minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996.”

We’re looking forward to having the Department of Labor run by someone who’s willing to go into battle to improve workers’ lives.

Comments

  1. #1 Tony
    February 27, 2009

    Who were the 17 progressives who voted against her? I’m sure all of them voted for and loved the anti-worker policies of Elaine Chao, the lightweight Secretary of Labor under Bush…

  2. #2 Liz
    February 27, 2009

    According to the Senate website, the Nay votes came from Senators Bond, Bunning, Burr, Coburn, Cornyn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Inhofe, Kyl, Risch, Roberts, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, Vitter, and Wicker.