The collection contains a variety of documents, media, news clippings, and artifacts that pertain to Hilda Solis during her
years as the Congresswoman from the 32nd Congressional District (2000–2008). The material was originally housed in Solis's
El Monte, CA Congressional District office.
Hilda Solis grew up in La Puente, California. She was the first of her family to attend college, studying Political Science
at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. While a student, she used the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), government
grants, and a part time job to cover the cost of school. The EOP is a program designed to assist low–income, first–generation
college students by providing grants, advising, and tutoring. She graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Solis then attended the University of Southern California and earned a Master's degree in Public Administration in 1981.