Thursday, March 5, 2009

OCA Supports Gary Locke's Nomination as Secretary of Commerce

Washington, DC – On February 24, 2009, President Barack Obama announced that the Honorable Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, will be his appointee for Secretary of Commerce. OCA, a national Asian Pacific American social justice organization, applauds of the president’s choice. Locke was the United States’ first Chinese American governor.

“OCA is pleased that President Obama will add Gary Locke to his diverse Cabinet,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. "Upon his confirmation, we look forward to working with him, knowing that his position will be of utmost importance during this critical economic time. I know Gary personally and he is the right person for the job.”

In 2005, OCA honored Locke with the OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award during OCA’s Annual National Convention.

The Commerce Department oversees many aspects of international trade and is also responsible for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the 2010 Census. Locke served two terms in the state of Washington from 1997 to 2005. He currently works for a Seattle-based law firm on issues involving energy and governmental relations. Locke also was an Honorary Chair of OCA’s Building Campaign.

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
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