February 23rd, 2009
05:14 PM ET
6 years ago

Sources: Locke likely to be new Commerce Secretary nominee

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is President Obama’s “likely pick” to be Commerce Secretary, according to senior administration officials and other Democratic officials familiar with the matter.
Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is President Obama’s “likely pick” to be Commerce Secretary, according to senior administration officials and other Democratic officials familiar with the matter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is President Obama’s “likely pick” to be Commerce Secretary, according to senior administration officials and other Democratic officials familiar with the matter.

The officials said the announcement, which will be the President’s third unveiling of a Commerce nominee, could happen as early as Wednesday.

Obama has had trouble filling the post, which is expected to be a key part of his economic team. Republican Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) dropped out of contention earlier this month after saying he had second thoughts about his ability to work in a Democratic administration. The first choice for the job, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, stepped aside after acknowledging a grand jury investigation in his home state had become a distraction.

Locke was the first Asian-American ever elected to serve as a governor in the United States in 1996. If confirmed, he will be the third Asian-American in the Obama Cabinet, joining Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

(Updated 5:45 p.m.)


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. TjayeInLA

    If the man has paid his taxes, hire him. This is just too hard to fill this position.

    February 23, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Peter

    Why is it that we are playing partisan games? When you look at what Bush and Cheney did, not paying your taxes seems so little...

    February 23, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Evan

    And the winner is....In case the winner can not fulfill their duties then the runner up....wait in case the winner and the runner up can not fulfill their duties, then the runner up to the runner up to the winner can hopefully do the job. But seriously, Congratulation to Gov. Locke for being President Obama's third best choice. The starter, 2nd string and now the 3rd string is in... what is next equipment manager

    February 23, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. larkin

    yonip, if you paid ttention, you would notice that he is the first CHINESE american governor, not first asian. remarkable choice mr. president!

    February 24, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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