President-elect Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis of California, a 1998 Toll Fellow, to be his secretary of labor.
Solis, the daughter of immigrants, has dedicated her career to forwarding fair labor practices. As a California state senator, Solis fought to increase the state minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996.
“I am humbled and honored to be nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as Secretary of Labor,” said Solis. “I look forward to working with President-elect Obama to reinvest in work force training, build effective pipelines to provide at-risk youth and underserved communities with sustainable skills, and support high-growth industries by training the workers they need. This includes promoting green collar jobs.”
The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship Program is the premier leadership development program for state government officials.