LOS ANGELES, CA – Hilda L. Solis, a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, was sworn-in for her second term as Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County today. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in June 2018.
“When I was sworn-in four years ago, I said that the road ahead for Los Angeles County was a hopeful one. It still is, but there is much work to do,” said Supervisor Solis. “With a growing economy, and a healthy County budget, there is a strong sense of purpose, of optimism, and promise for the future. I have worked hard every day for the last four years to ensure that these positive gains are equitably spread throughout the First District and LA County. Throughout my new term, I will continue to tear down barriers and strengthen bonds to make our families and our communities stronger.”
Supervisor Solis was sworn-into office by Justice Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.). Supervisor Janice Hahn, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Assessor Jeff Prang, and Sheriff Alex Villanueva were also in attendance. Speakers during the ceremony included Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles; Tim Sandoval, Mayor of the City of Pomona; David Ryu, Los Angeles City Councilmember District 4; and Norma E. Garcia, Rio Hondo College Governing Board of Trustee. Today’s swearing-in ceremony included performances by Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). The ceremony began with invocations from Reverend Peter Hata, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple; Father Charles Ramirez, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Azusa; Ted Tenorio, Native American Veterans Association; and Craig Taubman, Pico Union Project.
Supervisor Solis also launched a new, mobile-friendly website today. New features include an easy way to find nearby County services, as well as topic-based sections where constituents can find Supervisor Solis’ recent actions on the issues that matter most to them. Click here to see the new website.
“This new website for my office focuses on delivering resources and services to my constituents, and it tells the story of what I am doing at the Board of Supervisors to improve the quality of life in all of our diverse communities,” said Supervisor Solis. “By highlighting services available to residents, and by shining a light on my actions at the Board of Supervisors on behalf of the First District, my office will continue to build a strong foundation of service to the benefit of all communities. As a public servant, I am honored to represent the very diverse communities of the First District. My office is always ready to help those in need of County services.”
Prior to becoming Supervisor, Solis served as Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama. Supervisor Solis was confirmed on February 24, 2009, becoming the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Before that, Supervisor Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009.
Supervisor Solis began her career working in the Carter 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. The first Latina to represent the San Gabriel Valley in the California State Legislature, Solis served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 she made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law. As a result, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering environmental justice work.
Supervisor Solis was the first in her family to graduate from college, graduating from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; she also earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.