Boston University School of Law

March 25, 2011

President Obama nominates U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary F. Locke ('75) to serve as Ambassador to China

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If approved by the Senate, Secretary Locke will become the first Chinese American to serve as Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

Associated Press (AP) reported from Beijing that China welcomes Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke's nomination and quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu as saying that "Beijing hopes the new ambassador 'will play a positive role' in promoting relations between the two nations."

BU Law interviewed Secretary Locke for the 2010 edition of our alumni magazine, The Record. In that article, he talked about his long-term goal to improve trade relations with China, saying "My position is that the U.S. offers China highly valued goods and services that can raise the standard of living in China, while creating jobs in America."

Locke was the first Chinese American both to serve as U.S. secretary of commerce and to serve as the governor of Washington state.

An Eagle Scout with a political science degree from Yale University, Locke graduated from BU Law in 1975. He worked in the district attorney's office in King County, Washington prosecuting felonies and later served as a Washington state representative and a county executive before successfully running for governor. BU Law is proud to congratulate our distinguished alumnus, the Honorable Gary F. Locke '75.

Related news: "President Obama Names Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as Next Ambassador to China," The White House Blog (feature and video)

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