Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks in Los Angeles in this Nov. 16 file photo. Solis has told colleagues she is resigning from Obama administration.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks in Los Angeles in this Nov. 16 file photo. Solis has told colleagues she is resigning from Obama administration. (Richard Vogel/AP Photo)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has told colleagues she is resigning from the Obama administration.

A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Solis was confirmed as secretary of labor on Feb. 24, 2009. Prior to serving as secretary of labor, Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in the San Gabriel Valley from 2001 to 2009.

Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees. She served in the Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the state Senate.

Solis graduated from Cal Poly and earned a master of public administration from the University of Southern California.