Federal Relations

March 3, 2009

Senator Cantwell Issues Statement on Nomination of Gary Locke

Cantwell Welcomes Governor Gary Locke’s Appointment as Secretary of Commerce

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and a Washingtonian, I am excited that former Governor Gary Locke has been nominated for Secretary of Commerce. As the country begins to tackle the tough challenges ahead of us, Governor Locke will bring years of experience and commitment to get our economy back on track and increase U.S. competitiveness. As Secretary of Commerce, Governor Locke will be responsible for promoting economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development.  Governor Locke’s familiarity with Washington and the nation’s dependence on international trade makes him a perfect pick for Secretary of Commerce. In addition, his experience with fish and ocean issues will provide him with a basis for the many difficult issues that will face him in this arena.  For these reasons I am confident Governor Locke will be a great help assisting President Obama to get the economy back on its feet.