Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

Senate confirms Labor chief Perez, EPA head McCarthy

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Two more vacancies in President Obama's Cabinet were filled Thursday as the U.S. Senate confirmed Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency heads.
Obama taps Thomas Perez to be Labor chief

Obama taps Thomas Perez to be Labor chief

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- President Obama Monday nominated Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as U.S. labor secretary.

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Report: Perez Obama's pick for labor post

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- President Obama intends to nominate Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to be his next labor secretary, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Aide: Cabinet diversity concerns Obama

Aide: Cabinet diversity concerns Obama

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- President Obama's Cabinet nominations so far may not meet diversity requirements he set during his first term, but the White House urged patience.

Solis leaving Obama Cabinet

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving the Obama administration, the White House said Wednesday.

Pre-existing condition rule released

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Health and Human Services Department released new rules Tuesday requiring health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

Stocks mixed on challenged labor report

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Friday amid Republican questioning of the integrity of the U.S. Labor Department's employment report.

Lawsuit filed over grain blast

ATCHISON, Kan., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Families of four men killed in a Kansas grain explosion last year said they're suing the company that employed their relatives.
25 service members take citizenship oath

25 service members take citizenship oath

WASHINGTON, July 4 (UPI) -- President Obama said Independence Day was the perfect day for military personnel who took an oath of service to take an oath of citizenship.

Notre Dame sues over insurance mandate

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 21 (UPI) -- Indiana's University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the federal mandate that employers provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Bidens host Cinco de Mayo party

Bidens host Cinco de Mayo party

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife, Jill, hosted 40 people Wednesday at a Cinco de Mayo breakfast at their official residence in Washington.
Funding for worker training announced

Funding for worker training announced

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The Obama administration announced a second $500 million round of training-to-career funding would be made available to U.S. community colleges this year.

Labor budget invests in job training

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Labor Department's $12 billion request includes money for job-training programs to help the economy keep growing, department officials said Monday.
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Hilda Solis
Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) (C) speaks on Medicare Part D and its affect on the Latino community, at a press conference in Washington on May 9, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch

Hilda Lucia Solis (pronounced /sɵˈliːs/; born October 20, 1957) is the 25th United States Secretary of Labor, serving in the Obama administration. She is a member of the Democratic Party and served in the United States 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.

Solis was raised in La Puente, California by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico. She gained degrees from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of Southern California (USC) and worked for two federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Returning to her native state, she was elected to the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in 1985, the California State Assembly in 1992, and the California State Senate in 1994. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the State Senate, and was reelected there in 1998. She became known for her work toward environmental justice and was the first female recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000.

Solis defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent as part of getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, where she focused mainly on labor causes and environmental work. She was reelected easily to four subsequent terms. In December 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Solis as the next United States Secretary of Labor. She took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2009, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.

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