Hilda Solis, the 25th secretary of labor, resigned this afternoon according to Buzzfeed.
The resignation is abrupt as almost no one saw it coming. In their examination of Obama’s second-term cabinet, Politico mused “There’s not much discussion about Hilda Solis — who did not play a significant campaign role despite being a Latino woman with deep connections to unions. Labor isn’t seen as a department that’s likely to face a change soon[.]”
She previously served in the House of Representatives from 2001 until her appointment as Secretary in 2009.
Update: the official statement from President Obama: