WASHINGTON - The composition of President Obama's second-term cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president's team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama's inner circle.
Solis, a former California congresswoman, said she was departing after leading the department during the economic storms of the first term. She was the nation's first Hispanic labor secretary.
A White House official said three cabinet members - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki - would stay on as the second term begins. It would ensure diversity among the president's leadership team - Holder is black, Sebelius is a woman, and Shinseki is of Japanese-American descent.