7. Hilda Solis (Supervisor-Elect, L.A. County Board of Supervisors, Dist. 1 )
Hilda Solis was the first Latina to serve in the California Senate. After several terms as a congresswoman, Solis assumed the post of Secretary of Labor in 2009. She resigned in 2013 and is currently back in California where she has been elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.