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Official: President Obama to name commerce pick Wednesday

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

The official said the president will announce his choice Wednesday.

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

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

Another of 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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