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

Senate confirms Locke to Commerce

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/24/art.locke.gi.jpg caption=" 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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