November 20th, 2008
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CNN's Short List: Obama's secretary of commerce?

Who will President-elect Barack Obama pick to head the Commerce Department?
Who will President-elect Barack Obama pick to head the Commerce Department?

(CNN) – Cross one name off the short list of possible contenders to be the next commerce secretary in the incoming administration. Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who headed the unprecedented fundraising operation of President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign, told CNN Thursday she is not in the running for the key post.

Here’s CNN’s list of possible contenders to head Obama’s Commerce Department:

GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: The Kansas Democrat was a loyal backer and surrogate for Obama during the general election campaign.

AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: The University of Chicago economics professor was an economic adviser to the Obama’s presidential campaign.

LEON PANETTA: The Democratic power player was Bill Clinton’s chief of staff from 1993 to 1997.

RICHARD PARSONS: The former CEO of Time Warner, CNN’s parent company, is currently Chairman of Time Warner’s Board of Directors.

DR. LAURA TYSON: The Clinton administration veteran is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Hass School of Business. She is also an economic adviser to President-elect Obama.

Click here for additional CNN short lists for Obama’s potential cabinet.

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