Welcome to Hilda Solis, another new member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Elected on June 3rd to fill Gloria Molina's term, Hilda will be sworn in and take office on December 1st along with Sheila.
I was very happy to endorse Hilda back in June, and thrilled to see the people of the 1st District choose her to represent them on the board. It will be a new day for Los Angeles County, with 2/5 of our board changing over for 2015.
Hilda Solis is a lifelong trailblazer from the Los Angeles area. Raised in La Puenta by immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico, she was the first of her family to go to college. She served in the Carter administration in Washington, before coming home to our community and becoming Director of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program, to help disadvantaged students prepare for college.
She later served in the State Assembly, the State Senate, and the US House, representing the 31st and then the 32nd Congressional Districts. She went on to a distinguished career in President Obama's Cabinet, serving as the first Latina and doing a wonderful job as Secretary of Labor. Now she brings that wealth of experience to the benefit of Los Angeles while serving on the Board of Supervisors.
I look forward to seeing what new thoughts and ideas both Hilda and Sheila will bring to the table in Los Angeles. We bring our areas of individual expertise, our different backgrounds and perspectives with us, and I think the people of Los Angeles will be well served by such diversity in office. With new leadership in the county at all levels from Sheriff on down, it's a new day in Los Angeles.