September 25th, 2009
01:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Commerce Secretary joins Twitter to engage with entrepreneurs

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Seems the whole administration is becoming a bunch of twits.

    September 25, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. DickCheneyTheMadharchodh

    And here we are with Mr. Joe Wilson talking about transparency and online document availability etc ....

    We have NO TRUST in Boehner OR Cantor OR Lamas.

    The problem is outbursts like Joe WIlson's display clearly that he (and GOP) are "emotional" and more passionate for Politics than for Public Cause.

    The current administration is doing WAY MORE than the Cheney Administration did (where were the GOP ignorant and ranting idiots when the trillion dollar deficit was getting piled up in the last 8 years – huh????)

    September 25, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Keith

    For class

    September 25, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    What about the people, stupid. There has been enough engaging with only the rich.

    September 25, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. B

    Great, because the Republicans haven't figured out what Twitter is yet anyway !!

    Most of them are still living in the seventies .........

    September 25, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    How pathetic that the GOP can be so ignorant, so hateful of anyone and everyone who does not share their ideology! I am 56, I have never witness so much hate towards a president and his administration in my lifetime! Jimmy Carter is right, this is about ....... racism. Shame on the conservatives. Thank GOD that the majority of Americans are not buying the hate, lies, fear the far-right spew.

    September 25, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Denna

    And the Obama White House continues to be a part of the 21st Century. Eat dust GOP! Although Joe Wilson was brilliant in his stupidity. Yell out like a moron and collect money from more morons.

    September 25, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |