Obama to Choose Solis for Labor Secretary

Dec 18, 2008 2:18pm


President-elect Obama will choose Congresswoman Hilda Solis, D-Calif., as Labor Secretary, a Democratic source close to the transition team confirms.

Solis is currently serving out her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first Latina appointed to the committee on Energy and Commerce.

Solis is Obama’s third Hispanic choice for his Cabinet: following Gov. Bill Richardson for Commerce, and Sen. Ken Salazar for Interior.

Obama’s transition team will likely make a formal announcement on Friday, when Obama is also expected to announce Ron Kirk as his U.S. trade representative and Karen Gordon Mills as his pick to lead the Small Business Administration.

- Sunlen Miller

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