|Name||Hilda L. Solis|
El Monte, California , United States
|| October 20, 1957
Nov 03, 2017 06:25pm
Hispanic - Liberal - Married - Catholic -
|Info||First elected to Congress in 2000, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis is serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents the 32nd Congressional District of California, which encompasses the San Gabriel Valley and parts of East Los Angeles. This district includes the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Duarte, El Monte, South El Monte, Irwindale, Rosemead, Covina, West Covina, the community of El Sereno and part of Monterey Park. |
Congresswoman Solis serves on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee becoming the first Latina to serve on this committee. She is the Ranking Member of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee and serves on the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee. Solis is also Assistant Whip, Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus� Task Force on Health and Democratic Vice-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women�s Issues. Her priorities include protecting the environment, improving the quality of health care and fighting for the rights of working families.
Congresswoman Solis' hard work and passion to fight for environmental justice is nationally recognized. In August 2000, she was the first woman awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues in California. The Profile in Courage Award served to recognize Solis' perseverance against anti-environmental groups and polluters. She has proven her dedication to the pursuit of good environmental public policy.
Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1979, and earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 1981. During the Carter Administration she was the Editor-In-Chief of the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.
Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees. She served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 she made history by becoming the first Latina ever elected to the State Senate. As a trailblazing State Senator, she passed innovative environmental justice legislation aimed at improving low-income and minority communities most affected by pollution and waste. This legislation was the first of its kind. Furthermore, as the chairwoman of the powerful Senate Industrial Relations Committee she worked with labor groups and led the battle to increase the minimum wage in California from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour in 1996.
Congresswoman Solis is a lifetime resident of the San Gabriel Valley and currently resides in the City of El Monte. Her parents and her six siblings continue to be a great source of inspiration to Congresswoman Solis. Her parents still live in the house where she was raised and her husband, Sam, is a small business owner.