The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) announced today that it will honor Hilda Solis, former Secretary of Labor, during its 31st national conference from Feb. 14-17 in Chicago.
The USHLI will award her the Edward R. Roybal - Henry B. Gonzalez Award for Excellence in Public Service.
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USHLI President Juan Andrade will be present her the award at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the Latino Officials Recognition Luncheon, according to a press release.
"We are honored that former Labor Secretary Solis has agreed to accept this prestigious award and we consider it a privilege to present her with this well-deserved award, named in memory of two of the most respected Latino officials in history," Andrade said.
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The award is named in memory of two Hispanic pioneers who were the first Latinos elected to the U.S. Congress: Edward R. Roybal of California and Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas.
In December 2008, Obama announced he would nominated Solis as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, a position she confirmed in February 2009. She became the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet. Last month she announced she was stepping down from her post.
Prior to her national role, Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees, then served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994. In 1994, she was the first Latina elected to the California State Senate.
"Going forward, we have a choice to make. We can either make investments in things like education, transportation, and new sources of energy—investments that have always been essential to America's businesses and to creating good middle class jobs. Or we can cut taxes even more for wealthy Americans who don't need them and didn't ask for them," Solis told HispanicBusiness in May 2012. "Prosperity has never just trickled down from a wealthy few. Prosperity has always grown from the heart of a strong middle class."
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