I am proud to endorse the Hon. Hilda Solis for the open seat of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 1.
Hilda Solis is a lifelong trailblazer. A daughter of immigrants, she was the first of her family to go to college. She served in the Carter administration in Washington, before coming home to her community and becoming Director of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program, to help disadvantaged students prepare for college.
Solis began in elected office with the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District, then was elected to the California State Assembly. She later ran for Senate, and became the first Latina to ever serve in the State Senate, as well as the first woman to represent the San Gabriel Valley. Next she ran for Congress in 2000, and represented the 31st and later the 32nd Congressional Districts.
Solis has long been a leader for working families, and on the environment – becoming the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues.
In 2009 she became the Secretary of Labor in President Obama’s administration. She blazed more trails as the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Now Hilda Solis has come home again to represent the people of District 1.
Although we didn't serve together in the State Assembly or Senate, our paths have crossed repeatedly over the years. She has supported me in the past, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to return the support by endorsing her for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Working together with her next year will be a privilege, and I hope she empowers more women to run for office and enter public service as a career.