Obama Picks Nation’s First Chinese-American Governor for Commerce Secretary

February 23, 2009 - 6:02 PM
Official: Obama Likely to Name Locke to Commerce
Washington (AP) - A senior administration official says that President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.
 
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made.
 
Locke was the nation's first Chinese-American governor when he served two terms in the Washington statehouse from 1997 to 2005.
 
Obama's expected choice of Locke arose less than two weeks after his most recent pick, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, backed out.
 
Just over a week after Obama named him and he accepted, Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the policies of the Democratic president.