Commerce Nominee Locke Sails Through Hearing

Sens. give him warm welcome at confirmation hearing
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2009 2:38 PM CDT
Locke is Obama's third pick for the Commerce post, and senators today sent a reassuring message that this nominee's background is clean.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gary Locke, President Obama’s third pick for commerce secretary, faced an amiable crowd during today’s confirmation hearing, the Washington Post reports. Locke’s background check was “clean and happy reading” or “boring,” depending on the senator, but not controversial. The former Washington governor—who, if confirmed, would manage a dozen bureaus tasked with economic growth—said, “We must rebuilt, retool and reinvent our national strategies for sustained economic success.”

"We need to move quickly on this nomination, needless to say, because you need to be in place," Sen. John D. Rockefeller at the hearing.