Rep. Hilda Solis for Labor Secretary

By December 18, 2008General, Labor Unions

So reports AP. Here’s her bio from the NAM’s website:

Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif, October 20, 1957; B.A., California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., 1979; M.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1981; White House Office of Hispanic Affairs; analyst, Office of Management and Budget; member of the Rio Hondo, Calif., Community College board of trustees, 1985-1992; member of the California state assembly, 1992-1994; member of the California state senate, 1994-2001; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Seventh Congress (November 2000-present).

Here’s her voting record on NAM Key Votes:

110th Congress: 20 percent
109th Congress:   4 percent
108th Congress:   0 percent
107th Congress:   0 percent

Here’s the Congressional biography, from her website:

First elected in 2000, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis is serving her fourth term in Congress representing California’s 32nd Congressional District, which includes Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Irwindale, Rosemead, South El Monte, and West Covina and portions of Monterey Park and East Los Angeles. Solis’ priorities in Congress include expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families.

Solis is the first Latina to serve on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she is Vice Chair of the Environment and Hazardous Materials (EHM) Subcommittee and a member of the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. From 2003-2006, she served as the Ranking Democratic Member of the EHM Subcommittee. Solis also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and in March 2007 was named a member of the newly created House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Solis also serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. She is a Senior Whip, as well as a Regional Whip for Southern California. Solis is also Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health and the Environment, under which she spearheads annual summits across the country about racial and ethnic health disparities.

She’s certainly not one of the names that had been talked about in political and business circles. Her committees aren’t ones you normally think of as “labor” committees, either.

Oh, it goes without saying that Rep. Solis voted for the Employee Free Choice Act. Only two Democrats voted against it in the House.

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): That completes President-elect Obama’s Cabinet appointments, doesn’t it? Very impressive, very well organized and presented.

UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): According to the AFL-CIO voting records, she voted with the pro-union point of view 24 out of 24 times, for a perfect 100 percent in 2007. Her lifetime AFL-CIO voting percentage is 97 percent.

Also, from her website, her position on labor and employment issues.

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