Bryson approved as U.S. commerce secretary, replacing Locke
October 20th, 2011
09:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Bryson approved as U.S. commerce secretary, replacing Locke

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of former utility executive John Bryson as commerce secretary, replacing Gary Locke.

President Barack Obama lauded the development Thursday in a press release, vowing that Bryson "will be a key member of my economic team, working with the business community to promote job creation, foster growth and help open up new markets around the world for American-made goods."

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Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama • Senate
Ex-utility exec nominated for Commerce chief
May 31st, 2011
11:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Ex-utility exec nominated for Commerce chief

New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama will nominate the former CEO of the utility company Edison International, John Bryson, to lead the Commerce Department, the White House said Tuesday.

If confirmed, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who has been nominated to serve as ambassador to China. Bryson will be officially introduced as the nominee at a Rose Garden ceremony later Tuesday.

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Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
Obama picks Commerce Secretary Locke as new China envoy
March 9th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama picks Commerce Secretary Locke as new China envoy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China to succeed Jon Huntsman, who will step down April 30.

"We could not have better representation of the United States of America in this critical relationship than the Locke family," Obama said in a brief White House announcement with Locke at his side.

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Filed under: China • Gary Locke • President Obama
Source: Obama to nominate Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China
March 7th, 2011
06:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Source: Obama to nominate Locke as U.S. Ambassador to China

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China to succeed Jon Huntsman, who will step down on April 30, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Monday.

Locke is a former two-term governor of Washington and the first Chinese-American to be commerce secretary, according to the Commerce Department website.
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Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
September 25th, 2009
01:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Commerce Secretary joins Twitter to engage with entrepreneurs

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become the third cabinet member in the Obama administration to join Twitter.
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become the third cabinet member in the Obama administration to join Twitter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become the third Cabinet Member in the Obama administration to join Twitter, the microblogging social network. He joined yesterday to help promote Commerce and also keep in touch with American entrepreneurs.

"It's important that the Department of Commerce regularly communicates with American businesses and entrepreneurs to help them translate new ideas into economic growth," Locke told CNN. "Innovation is going to be the key to our long-term economic growth, and we need to embrace new ways of communicating with small businesses and entrepreneurs."

Locke announced his intentions to join Twitter yesterday in a speech delivered at the Inc. 500 / 5000 Conference, geared towards small business owners and entrepreneurs. The secretary noted he recently met with technology entrepreneurs at the White House and wanted to keep connected.

"I will start Tweeting regularly on innovation and entrepreneurship issues and look forward to hearing your thoughts on them," he said.

While the White House keeps a regularly updated Twitter account, the other two cabinet members on Twitter are Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (@raylahood) and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis (@hildasolisdol).

You can follow Sec. Locke on Twitter @seclocke.


Filed under: Gary Locke • Social Networking • Twitter
April 21st, 2009
06:06 PM ET
9 months ago

Senior White House aide leaving for new post

President Obama's communications director is leaving her post to become the chief of staff for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
President Obama's communications director is leaving her post to become the chief of staff for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first 100 days are not even up yet, but President Obama is already losing a top White House aide.

White House aides revealed Tuesday that Ellen Moran, the President's communications director, is leaving to become chief of staff to new Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

In a written statement, the President thanked Moran, who had previously served as a top official at the fundraising group EMILY's List, which is charged with electing more Democratic women who support abortion rights to office.

"I thank Ellen Moran for her leadership during these first critical months of my administration, and I am pleased she will serve as chief of staff at the Department of Commerce," the President said in the prepared statement. "Her management and strategic skills will ensure that Secretary Locke, an important member of my economic team, gets off to a fast start."

No word yet on a successor but the current deputy communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, would be a natural fit.


Filed under: Gary Locke • Obama administration
March 24th, 2009
07:20 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Gary Locke
February 25th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
6 years ago

Take Three for President Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You know the old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed...you’re probably trying to pick a Commerce Secretary.”

The President today nominated former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke to lead the Commerce Department. And at the beginning of his comments, Obama made light of the fact that this is take three in his quest to fill the post.

"Now, I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times, but I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right," said Obama at today's announcement.

The President's first choice for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state. Democratic officials told CNN the investigation involves a California company that won municipal bond business in New Mexico after contributing money to various Richardson causes.

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

Now the president’s counting on the wisdom of another old proverb: “Third cabinet pick’s the charm.”


Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
February 25th, 2009
11:27 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama names Locke to head Commerce Department

Pres. Obama formally named Gary Locke to run the Commerce Department.
Pres. Obama formally named Gary Locke to run the Commerce Department.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The president named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday.

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Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
February 25th, 2009
09:25 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to name Locke as Commerce Department chief

Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke will be the third person President Obama has named to head the Commerce Department.
Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke will be the third person President Obama has named to head the Commerce Department.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday morning that former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is his nominee for commerce secretary, two senior administration officials told CNN.

Locke, 57, was the country's first Chinese-American governor, elected to lead Washington in 1996 and re-elected in 2000.

Prior to becoming governor, he served five terms in the Washington state House of Representatives and one term as King County executive. He was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 1989 to 1994.

A lawyer, Locke is currently in private practice with Davis Wright Tremaine in the national firm's Seattle, Washington, office.

Locke would be Obama's third choice to be commerce secretary. His most recent pick, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the administration over the economic recovery bill when he withdrew his name from consideration on February 12.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson bowed out on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state. Democratic officials told CNN the investigation involves a California company that won municipal bond business in New Mexico after contributing money to various Richardson causes.

Richardson denies any wrongdoing.

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