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  Former Wash. Gov. Gary Locke Likely To Commerce
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Last EditedJ.R.  Feb 23, 2009 05:00pm
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News DateMonday, February 23, 2009 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Washington State Gov. Gary Locke is the likely pick to be commerce secretary, according to several senior White House officials.

Locke is the third nominee put forth by President Obama to head the Commerce Department. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson stepped aside after allegations of pay to play politics involving his administration cropped up, while New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg (R) removed himself from consideration after deciding his ideological differences with the administration were too great to overcome.

Locke, a Democrat, spent eight years as the governor of Washington State -- from 1996 until 2004 -- and before that served stints as the chief executive in King County (Seattle) and in the Washington state House.
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