(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after President Obama announced that he has nominated Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to be Ambassador to China.
“I am very excited that President Obama has nominated Gary Locke to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China. He has been an outstanding Secretary of Commerce and those of us from Washington state know how hard he has worked over the course of his career for our state and nation.
“As Chair of the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Group, I understand the many ways our relationship with and policies toward China impact the lives and livelihoods of families and businesses in Washington state and across the country.
“Making sure this partnership continues to work for both our nations is absolutely critical to ensuring our ability to compete and succeed in the 21st century global economy. I am confident that Gary has the skills and experience required to get the job done.
“Washington state is the most trade-dependent state in the nation and China is our most important trading partner. Gary knows this well and that’s why, as Governor, he worked with Asian leaders to open up markets for Washington state products. And as Governor during Washington’s tech boom, he understands what innovative companies need to succeed at home and across the world. He understands what businesses large and small need to create jobs, and throughout his career he has fought to make sure they had the support to succeed.
“Gary is a passionate and outspoken advocate for our country, our families, and our values. I look forward to his Senate confirmation and working with him to ensure our nation’s relationship with China helps our economy, businesses, and farmers in Washington state.”