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Obama Nominates Senator Judd Gregg to Head Commerce Dept.

President Barack Obama has tapped Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire to be Secretary of Commerce. "He will be an outstanding addition to the depth and experience of my economic team, a trusted voice in my cabinet, and an able and persuasive ambassador for industry who makes it known to the world that America is open for business," said Obama, announcing the nomination. Gregg, who turns 62 on February 14th, is the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, and a former governor of New Hampshire. "The Commerce Department has a broad and interesting profile, as the president outlined, but its primary goal must be to create jobs by promoting industry, promoting economic activity, and promoting excellence in science," said Gregg, accepting the nomination. "And I intend to pursue those avenues aggressively." Gregg's nomination must still be approved by the U.S. Senate; Obama said he expects this process to happen quickly.

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