Posted by: Jack Sterne
News reports indicate that former Washington Governor Gary Locke will be tapped as President Obama’s new Secretary of Commerce. Locke was a two-term governor who was most interested in education and Pacific Rim trade issues, particularly with China (he’s the only Chinese-American ever elected governor of any state). No doubt this international trade experience (and China in particular) played a big part in his selection.
Friends tell me that environmental issues are not his passion, but that he had good positions as governor, and should be good on these issues as Commerce Secretary. Apparently he’s a super-clean politician and family man, and should have no problem with the confirmation process.
We of course have a keen interest in Commerce, as that’s where NOAA is housed. If these reports are right, one could guess that Locke will probably be content to let fellow Northwesterner and new NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenko exercise fairly broad discretion to run the agency, and that would be a good thing.
Date Posted: February 23, 2009 @ 5:47 pm Comments Off