Obama Picks Solis for Labor
Calif. Congresswoman has pushed for creation of 'green jobs'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 2:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama will nominate Hilda Solis, a daughter of Latin American immigrants who’s currently a California Congresswoman, for secretary of labor, the Washington Post reports. Elected in 2000, Solis currently sits on the House Energy and Commerce committee and the Natural Resources committee, among others. She, like Obama, has advocated for the creation of “green-collar” jobs to increase the nation’s energy efficiency.

Before Congress, Solis served in the California Assembly for 2 years and the state Senate for 6 years, winning the distinction of being California’s first Hispanic state senator. Obama is expected to make Solis’ nomination in the next few days, before he heads to Hawaii for Christmas, the AP notes.