March 24th, 2009
07:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate confirms Locke to Commerce

 The Senate confirmed Gary Locke as Commerce Secretary.
The Senate confirmed Gary Locke as Commerce Secretary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – By unanimous consent, the Senate Tuesday confirmed former Washington Gov. Gary Locke to be Secretary of Commerce.

Locke was President Barack Obama's third choice - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took his name out of consideration on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state.

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire - Obama's second Commerce pick - cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the administration over the economic stimulus bill when he withdrew his name from consideration on February 12.


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