Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a former Democratic House member and state legislator from Southern California, is leaving her job. Solis will be the fifth member of the administration to leave the Cabinet (or announce her departure) since the election.
In an email message, Solis says she submitted her resignation letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday afternoon. She says she made the decision to leave after discussing it with her family and close friends.
Solis has won praise from labor unions for aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws and job safety regulations. But business groups have criticized her as not taking a more cooperative approach.
Huffington Post White House reporter Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) tweeted, "Rep. Rosa DeLauro was in consideration for Labor Secretary in 08. White House needs a female member in its cabinet."
Politico correspondent Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) noted about the changeover at Labor, "Kathleen Sebelius (at No. 12) could be the highest woman in the line of presidential succession pretty soon, now that Hilda Solis is leaving".
And Huffington Post Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) wrote, "Ken Salazar now the only Hispanic in Obama's cabinet, with Solis' resignation."
Politix reporting and via AP.