Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to lead a federal agency, is resigning. In a statement announcing her resignation, Solis touted her agency’s work overseeing the federal stimulus plan, worker training programs, and other employment initiatives during her four years in office. “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,” President Obama said in a statement.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka also praised Solis. “[Solis] brought urgently needed change to the Department of Labor, putting the U.S. government firmly on the side of working families,” Trumka said in a statement. “We hope that her successor will continue to be a powerful voice both within the Obama administration and across the country for all of America’s workers.”