Why She Matters
A former four-term California congresswoman, Solis announced her resignation as President Obama's Labor secretary on Jan. 9, 2013.
An opponent of free trade, she has been a pro-union voice in the cabinet and also one of the Obama administration's top Hispanic officials.
Solis' legislative record is pro-worker, pro-woman and pro-environment. As the first Latina California state senator, she spearheaded first-of-its-kind environmental justice legislation and more than a dozen laws combating domestic violence. In the U.S. House, she pushed a law to train workers for "green-collar" jobs in an environmentally-friendly economy.