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Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Departure From Department of Labor

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January 10, 2013

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Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Departure From Department of Labor

On January 9, Secretary Hilda Solis announced that she is resigning as the head of the Department of Labor and will not be a part of President Obama’s Cabinet in his second term. Sec. Solis was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving the 32nd Congressional District in California. In 2009, she was appointed as Secretary of Labor—the first Hispanic woman to serve in a Cabinet—and has held her position in the Obama Administration throughout the first term.

The Department of Labor is responsible for overseeing many federal employment and training initiatives, including programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Additionally, the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, Registered Apprenticeship system, Job Corps and Employment Service Grant program fall under the department’s jurisdiction.

As with all members of the Cabinet, the next Secretary of Labor will have to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. President Obama will announce his nominee to succeed Solis in the coming weeks. Sec. Arne Duncan is expected to stay on at the Department of Education into the president’s second term.

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