President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, a senior administration official said Monday.Locke's bio:
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.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made. AP
Partner- Seattle, Washington Office
Washington State Governor, 1997-2005
Gary was elected Washington’s 21st governor on November 5, 1996, making him the first Chinese American governor in U.S. history. On November 7, 2000, Gary, a Democrat, was reelected to his second term by an overwhelming margin.
As governor, he worked to make Washington a better place to live, work and raise a family by dramatically raising academic achievement in the public schools; strengthening the state’s economy, improving transportation, expanding health care to vulnerable children and adults, and making the state government more accessible and user-friendly.
Gary’s organizational and managerial accomplishments have been recognized by Governing Magazine as one of America’s five best managed states, as a finalist in the Harvard Innovations in Government program, and as the most Digital State Government.
King County Executive, 1994-1997
As chief executive Gary expanded transit services, adopted a nationally acclaimed growth management plan and successfully merged a regional transit and sewage treatment agency into county government.
Washington State House of Representatives, 1983-1994
Gary served on the House Judiciary and Appropriations Committees, with his final five years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, writing state budgets.
Deputy Criminal Prosecutor, King County, Washington, 1976-1980
Memberships and Activities
Chair, Democratic Governor’s Association, 2003
Board Member, Digital Learning Commons, 2003 – present
Board Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2005 - present
Board Member, Key Technology Inc., 2008 - present
Board Member, Safeco, Inc., 2005 - present
Board Member, Seattle Art Museum, 2006 - present
Member, Committee 100, 2005 - present
Named as one of the Lawdragon “500 New Stars, New Worlds” in 2006
J.D., Boston University, 1975
B.A., Yale, 1972