The 51 year old Congresswoman from California, Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) was confirmed by the Senate today with a 80 to 17 vote. Republicans in the Senate were stalling on her nomination over fears that Solis is going to make it easier to join unions. “Lions, and tigers, and workers, oh my!”
I have written posts on this humble public servant many times before. You can read more about Hilda Solis here, here, and here. After a relatively smooth confirmation hearing, Solis got hung up on some minor tax issues involving her husband’s small business. She crossed the final hurdle today and will be sworn in by Vice President Biden.
Congresswoman Vazquez, current chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, offered this statement today in a press release about the Solis confirmation:
“As a Member of Congress, Hilda Solis has been an advocate in labor and environmental issues, and a trailblazer in healthcare and women’s issues. Her confirmation as our nation’s 25th Secretary of Labor is a moment of pride for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Latinos across the country,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the CHC. “The influence of the Latino community continues to grow, and today, Hilda Solis helps pave the way for generations of Latinos to come.”
Congrats Secretary of Labor Solis! You persevered and endured. We look forward to your service and continued commitment to your community and all working Americans.