As the cabinet turns: Hilda Solis announced this week that she will soon be stepping down from her post as secretary of labor. Solis, a former Congresswoman from California who served as Obama’s labor chief since 2009, explained in an email to staffers that her decision was made over the holiday:
I enjoyed my first opportunity in years to reflect on the past and my future, with an open mind and an open heart… After much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my life.
Solis pointed with especial pride to her Labor Department’s efforts on job training during a tough economy. The White House concurred, praising Solis in a statement, “Her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work.”