Who Might Replace Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary?

Jan. 9, 2013, 1:37 p.m.

Sec­ret­ary of Labor Hilda Sol­is sub­mit­ted her let­ter of resig­na­tion on Wed­nes­day. Here’s an ex­cerpt from a Nov. 7 Na­tion­al Journ­al magazine story on po­ten­tial re­place­ments:

“[A] host of long­time Demo­crat­ic of­fi­cials are wait­ing in the wings, many of them hol­d­overs from the Clin­ton era. Deputy Sec­ret­ary Seth Har­ris worked in the de­part­ment dur­ing the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Maria Echaveste, cofounder of the Nueva Vista Group, was Pres­id­ent Clin­ton’s deputy chief of staff. Olena Berg Lacy, a board mem­ber at Fin­an­cial En­gines, was as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary for pen­sion and wel­fare be­ne­fits un­der Clin­ton. La­bor­ites say they would love to see Ar­lene Holt Baker, ex­ec­ut­ive vice pres­id­ent of the AFL-CIO, in the post. Des­pite its pub­lic-policy beat­ing of late, labor does not lack friends on the Hill among Demo­crats. Reps. George Miller of Cali­for­nia and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio have long been staunch al­lies. Uni­on mem­bers are still grate­ful to former Rep. Dav­id Boni­or of Michigan and former Rep. Dick Geph­ardt of Mis­souri for their op­pos­i­tion to the North Amer­ic­an Free Trade Agree­ment. Car­rie Wof­ford, the seni­or Demo­crat­ic coun­sel on the Sen­ate Health Edu­ca­tion Labor, and Pen­sion Com­mit­tee, also wins high marks. But a Demo­crat­ic pres­id­ent, of course, signed NAF­TA. The chal­lenges that or­gan­ized labor now faces come from Re­pub­lic­ans and go far bey­ond free trade. Any Labor sec­ret­ary in a second Obama term is likely to be play­ing more de­fense than of­fense.”

Randi Weingarten, pres­id­ent of the Amer­ic­an Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers, is also a po­ten­tial pick.

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