UPDATE: Solis to get nod from Obama

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San Gabriel Valley native Congresswoman Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, was nomiated as labor secretary by President-elect Barack Obama, the Associated Press reports. Solis will be the nation’s 25th labor secretary, and will succeed a seat held by Elaine Chao

But what does this mean, if anything, for us in the San Gabriel Valley? And what does that mean for Solis’ open seat?

UPDATE: Two names being tossed around to fill Solis’ seat are Sen. Gloria Romero and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez.

AP source: Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama’s labor pick
By JESSE J. HOLLAND – 40 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A labor official says Rep. Hilda Solis of California will be nominated as labor secretary by President-elect Barack Obama.

The Democratic congresswoman was just elected to her fifth term representing heavily Hispanic portions of eastern Los Angeles County and east L.A. She is the daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants and has been the only member of Congress of Central American descent.

The official spoke on conditions of anonymity because an announcement has not been made yet. A call to Solis’s office was not immediately returned.

Solis, 51, has focused on immigration and environment issues while in the House.

An announcement is expected from the Obama transition team in the next few days.

  • MF

    I am so proud of Hilda Solis! She does so much good for the area and really helps the community. As far as her replacement it should be a fun race to watch! Who knows who we are going to see toss their hat in the ring!

  • Good

    Congrats to Hilda Solis. We all should be proud of the fact someone (regardless of political persuasion) from our own San Gabriel Valley family is going to be a cabinet secretary.

    Again, Congratulations Hilda…MAKE US PROUD!

  • Blanca M. Figueroa-Mayor of South El Monte

    Congratulations Congresswoman Solis! I am very proud of our beloved Congresswoman Hilda Solis. She will much experience and knowledge to the White House and to President-Elect Obama’s administration. She is most deserving of such an honor. We are all very happy to see her recieve this appointment, as the Secretary of Labor. We will all miss her in the San Gabriel Valley.

  • Cosme Jimenez

    Congratulations Congresswoman and i know Mr. Obama made the right choice by having a person that gets things done
    and we are going to miss you, but we all know that you deserve to be there….

  • Herb Redholtz

    Congratulations Congresswoman Solis. You did a great job for us in West Covina. President-elect Obama made an excellent choice naming you Secretary of Labor. We here in West Covina and the entire San Gabriel are proud of you.

  • Herb Redholtz

    Congratulations Congresswoman Solis. You did an excellent job for us in West Covina. President-elect Obama made the right choice in naming you his Secretary of Labor. We here in West Covina and the entire San Gabriel Valley are proud of you, and wish you the best.

  • Figueroa Familia from El Monte

    Congresswoman Solis you have been a wonderful Congresswoman. You have helped us alot in the cities that you represent in tour district. We wish you the best at the White House. Will you come and visit us here? Take care, God Bless You. Your Constituents.

  • Bye Bye Day Labors

    I can’t wait til she is gone then goodbye day labors. This woman seems to forget only taxpayers pay her salary not these people who work for cash and pay no taxes and want the citizens to put up with them. Where is sheriff Pie from Arizona when you need him.

  • West Covina Watcher

    He is probably eating ham hocks and corn at your kitchen table. You racist.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to solis! And I’m glad that obama is being so inclusive. However, are our only choices for her successor ed hernandez or gloria romero? We need a new generation of leadership in dc, not a rehash of sacramento politicians.

    Let’s see a fresh face. Any suggestions?