Obama Nominates Republican Senator to Head Up Commerce Department

Gregg Nominated for Commerce Job
Washington Post

President Obama has nominated Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) for commerce secretary.

The nomination is the last for Obama’s Cabinet. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) was nominated Dec. 3 to head the Commerce Department, but he withdrew his name from consideration a month later because of a federal investigation involving state government contracts.

Gregg said he was willing to take the Commerce job on one condition: His replacement in the Senate had to be a Republican.

“I have made it clear to the Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle and to the Governor that I would not leave the Senate if I felt my departure would cause a change in the makeup of the Senate,” Gregg said in a statement Monday.

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Gregg’s official Senate biography is here.