U.S. Senate Confirms Gary Locke As Ambassador To China

The U.S. Senate today confirmed former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as ambassador to China. He is the first Chinese American ever to have been confirmed to the post. From News:

Locke, 61, won unanimous confirmation in the Senate voice vote. He succeeds , a Republican who has resigned to run for the in .

U.S. President Barack Obama tapped Locke for the post on March 9, saying that no one is better qualified for the diplomatic post than Locke.

At a May 26 Senate Committee on Relations hearing on his nomination, Locke called “a sign of the importance of the bilateral relationship” between U.S. and China. Obama’s nomination of a current member of his cabinet to serve in the new post vacated when Huntsman left for home in April.

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