Hilda Solis

Born:October 20, 1957 (age 62)
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 to 2013, the first Hispanic to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

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

Solis worked with the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs during the Jimmy Carter administration. She also worked as a management analyst in the civil rights division of the Equal Opportunity Program at the Office of Management and Budget. From 1982 to 1992, Solis served as the director of the California student opportunities and access programs of Whittier. In 1985, she was elected a trustee of Rio Hondo Community College, a position she served for 7 years. From 1994 to 2001, she served as the first Latina elected to the California State Assembly, representing the 57th District. While in the California State Assembly, in the upper chamber, Solis chaired the Industrial Relations Committee and led the fight to raise the California minimum wage standards. She was also the first woman honored with the distinction of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.

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. In November 2013, Solis became a scholar-in-residence at Cal Poly Pomona, her alma mater. On June 3, 2014, she won election to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor and was sworn in on December 1.

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.