THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES HENRY L. SOLANO AS SOLICITOR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The President today announced his intent to nominate Henry L. Solano to serve as Solicitor at the Department of Labor.
Mr. Henry L. Solano, of Denver, Colorado, has had a distinguished career in law and public administration, serving as both a federal prosecutor and an assistant attorney general in Colorado and in several positions in Governor Roy Romer's cabinet in the areas of regulatory enforcement, corrections, and human services. Since 1994, Mr. Solano has served as United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a member of the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee, advising Attorney General Janet Reno on policy matters affecting the Department of Justice. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Solano was a lecturer of public policy at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Solano served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Institutions, a state agency which provides programs and services in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities and youth services. Concurrently, Mr. Solano served as the Acting Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections from 1989 to 1990. From 1990 to 1991, he was the first Chairperson of the Cabinet Council on Families and Children. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies in, simultaneous with his position as Executive Director of the Department of Institutions. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado from 1982 to 1987. From 1977 to 1982, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Human Resources Division of the Colorado Department of Law, overseeing legal representation, litigation, and appeals for four state agencies.
Mr. Solano received a B.S. degree from the University of Denver and a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado.
The Office of the Solicitor at the Department of Labor directs litigation efforts in the Federal courts pertaining to the statutes administered by the Department, including institution and prosecution of Civil Court actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1971, and the Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. The Solicitor of Labor also coordinates the Department's legislative programs, prepares testimony on proposed legislation, and provides legal advice to interagency groups responsible for U.S. trade matters.