Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns

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US Labour Secretary Hilda Solis attends a session during the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting on May 17, 2012 at Guadalajara's Hospicio Cabanas, a World Heritage Site where the Caba�as Cultural Institute, with affiliated schools for arts and crafts, currently functions. Leaders of the 20 major economies will be meeting in the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos, in Baja California, for the G20 Summit on June 18-19. AFP PHOTO/Hector GUERRERO (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning, saying she plans to return to her native California. She is expected to run for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

In a message to colleagues Wednesday, Solis said she made the decision after discussing it with family and close friends.

One of the highest-ranking Hispanics in Obama's administration, Solis has won praise from labor unions for aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws and job safety regulations. But business groups have criticized her as not taking a more cooperative approach.

President Barack Obama calls Solis "a tireless champion for working families."

Separately, the White House says that Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will remain in their posts.

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