- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An administration official says President Obama has settled on former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as choice for secretary of commerce.

The official said the president will announce his choice Wednesday.

Mr. Locke was the nation’s first Chinese-American governor when he served two terms in the Washington statehouse from 1997 to 2005.

Mr. Obama’s choice of Mr. Locke comes less than two weeks after his most recent pick, Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican, backed out.

Another of Mr. Obama’s picks for the job, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew after the disclosure that a grand jury is investigating contracts in his state.

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