Hilda Solis

Born:October 20, 1957 (age 66)
Career:Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 2014-present
U.S. Secretary of Labor, 2009-2013
U.S. House of Representatives, 2001-2009
California State Assembly, 1994-2001
Education:B.A., California State Polytechnic University
M.A., University of Southern California

Hilda Solis assumed office as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in December 2014. Solis previously served as the United States secretary of labor from 2009-2013, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.

Solis was born October 20, 1957, in Los Angeles, California. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State Polytechnic University in 1979 and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California in 1981.

Solis worked with the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs during the Jimmy Carter administration and as an analyst in the civil rights division of the Equal Opportunity Program at the Office of Management and Budget. From 1982-1992, Solis served as the director of the California student opportunities and access programs of Whittier. From 1985-1992, she served as a trustee of Rio Hondo Community College. From 1992-1994 she served in the California state assembly and from 1994-2001 she served in the California state senate, the first Latina to serve in that body.

Solis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, representing California's 31st and then 32nd District until she became secretary of labor in February 2009. She resigned as secretary in January 2013.

For information on Solis' policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (n.d.). Solis, Hilda L. (1957-). Retrieved on May 18, 2020, from https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=S001153.

United States House of Representatives (n.d.). Solis, Hilda L. Retrieved on May 18, 2020, from https://history.house.gov/People/Detail/22566.