President Barack Obama's top pick to succeed outgoing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia (D), a source told Reuters Thursday.
Garcia, a Hispanic former president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, would bring racial diversity and a Western flair to Obama's team.
The president has faced criticism for failing to choose women and minority candidates for cabinet vacancies at the departments of state, defense, and treasury.
Garcia, if nominated and confirmed, would succeed Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a Latina who earlier this month announced plans to resign.
Garcia, through a spokesman, declined to comment. The White House also declined to comment.