Supervisor Hilda Solis

County of Los Angeles

Board of Supervisors

SUPERVISOR HILDA SOLIS

District:            First

Date of Birth:   October 20, 1957

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Hilda Solis was elected to the County of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (First District) in November 2014 and began her term on December 1, 2014.  She replaced Gloria Molina who was term-limited.

Solis previously served as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Cabinet as a part of the administration of President Barack Obama.  As Secretary of Labor, she focused on workplace safety issues and on strengthening compliance with wage and hour laws.  Solis stepped down from her post as Labor Secretary in January 2013.

She previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009, representing the 31st and 32nd congressional districts of California that include East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, where she grew up.  She also served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994 and the California State Senate from 1994 to 2000.

In the U.S. Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families.  A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at-risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues.  Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.

She worked in the Carter White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.

Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979, and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 1981.  In November 2013, Solis became a scholar-in-residence at her alma mater of Cal Poly Pomona where she was a guest lecturer, mentored students, and assisted in curriculum development with a focus on political science.