Locke confirmed as Commerce secretary
- Congress Daily
- March 25, 2009
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as Commerce secretary.
The voice vote makes Locke, 59, the 15th member of President Obama's Cabinet and leaves only HHS Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius remaining to be confirmed.
Locke, a Democrat, was the nation's first Chinese-American governor.
He was Obama's third pick to run the Commerce Department, after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., withdrew from consideration.