Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will step down and not serve in the second term of the Obama Administration, the White House indicated Wednesday.
In a brief written statement, President Barack Obama said Solis had been a tireless advocate and wished her "all the best in her future endeavors."
"Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class," Obama said. "Her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers' health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work."
He added, "I am grateful to Secretary Solis for her steadfast commitment and service not only to the Administration, but on behalf of the American people."
Solis, the first Hispanic woman to lead the Labor Department, faced significant criticism from Republicans when she was first nominated and during her confirmation hearings but was ultimately confirmed by a comfortable margin.
by RTT Staff Writer
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