One Less Woman In Obama's Cabinet: Hilda Solis Quits

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has resigned, according to the Associated Press and BuzzFeed. This means President Obama's cabinet will have one less woman, unless he picks a woman to replace her. Some had expected Solis to stick around for a second term. So far, Obama's team for his last term is looking pretty white and male: John Kerry for Secretary of State, John Brennan for CIA director, Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary. Obama was considering Susan Rice for Secretary of State until she withdrew her name from consideration due to Republican opposition.

The White House released this statement from Obama about Solis after her resignation was reported:

Over her long career in public service – as an advocate for environmental justice in California, state legislator, member of Congress and Secretary of Labor - Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families. 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. 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. I am grateful to Secretary Solis for her steadfast commitment and service not only to the Administration, but on behalf of the American people. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.   

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