Chairman Rockefeller's Statement on President's Nomination of Former Governor Gary Locke to be Next Secretary of Commerce

February 25, 2009

Washington, DC – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement in support of President Obama’s selection of former Washington Governor Gary Locke to be the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce:
“The Department of Commerce has a major role to play in rebuilding our economy.  Governor Locke is an excellent choice for Secretary of Commerce – he is a seasoned executive, he understands the importance of economic development at the state level, and he is a life-long advocate and champion for American productivity.  I look forward to working with Governor Locke and President Obama on our ambitious agenda – there is much work to do and the time is now.”