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Gary Locke Confirmed as Ambassador to China

| From Commonwealth | By Art Jahnke

Gary Locke (LAW'75, Hon.'98). Photo by Getty Images

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke (LAW’75, Hon.’98) won unanimous Senate confirmation in July as ambassador to China. Locke, whose grandfather came from China, earned an undergraduate degree from Yale before attending BU’s School of Law. He was chosen by President Barack Obama to represent the United States in the Communist nation after Republican Jon Huntsman, who had been ambassador to China since 2009, resigned to run for president in the 2012 election. Locke is a former two-term governor of Washington. He was the first Chinese-American governor in the United States and is the first Chinese-American ambassador to China.

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