President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his choice for Commerce Secretary Wednesday.
"Governor Richardson is uniquely suited for this role as a leading economic diplomat for America," Obama said.
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.
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