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Hilda Solis resigns as Labor secretary

9:00 AM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
Hilda Solis(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)
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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will not be returning for a second term, President Obama said Wednesday.

"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.

Meanwhile, White House officials said three other Cabinet members will remain after the president's next term starts Jan. 20: Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

In disclosing her resignation to Labor Department employees, Solis trumpeted their work on job training and community college programs. She also cited programs devoted to veterans employment, worker safety, and reclaiming lost wages.

"Because President Obama took very bold action, millions of Americans are back to work," said Solis, a former member of Congress from California. "There is still much to do, but we are well on the road to recovery, and middle class Americans know the president is on their side."

Obama did not announce a replacement.

Solis is the fifth Cabinet-level to announce his or her resignation prior to the start of Obama's second term on Jan. 20.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Environmental Protection Agency administration Lisa Jackson have also announced their departures.

The president has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to replace Clinton at State and former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to replace Panetta at the Pentagon. He is expected to tap White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to succeed Geithner at Treasury, and has not nominated a new EPA administrator.

Other Cabinet members are expected to stay for a second term.

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