Dem Official: Obama to tap Richardson for Commerce
Gov. Bill Richardson to be announced as new Commerce Secretary
By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama plans to name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for Commerce Secretary on Wednesday.
Richardson was Energy secretary and United Nations ambassador in the administration of President Bill Clinton. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year, but eventually dropped out and endorsed Obama.
He is one of the nation's most prominent Hispanic politicians, and was in the U.S. House before joining Clinton's Cabinet.
The Democratic officials said Tuesday that Obama will join Richardson at a news conference in Chicago on Wednesday. They would speak only on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn't been made.
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