Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Resigns

But Eric Holder is staying on as attorney general

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2013 4:11 PM CST

(Newser) – President Obama's second-term reshuffling increased again this afternoon with the resignation of labor secretary Hilda Solis, reports Politico. Obama, who sang her praises in a statement here, already is replacing his treasury secretary, secretary of state, defense chief, and CIA director. So who's staying put for sure? The White House says attorney general Eric Holder, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will be around for the near future, reports CNN.

“As the daughter of parents who worked in factories, paid their union dues and achieved their goal of a middle class life, and as the first Latina to head a major federal agency, it has been an incredible honor to serve,” Solis wrote in a letter to staffers. Even before the loss of another high-ranking woman, critics were worried that Obama's Cabinet was turning into a boys' club.

This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
This Nov. 16, 2012, file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaking in Los Angeles.
This Nov. 16, 2012, file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaking in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
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