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Gary Locke

Gary Locke
Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1950(age 66)
Place of birthSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseMona Lee
Alma materYale University
Boston University
ReligionBaptist
United States Ambassador to China
Assumed officeAugust 1, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJon Huntsman, Jr.
36th United States Secretary of Commerce
In officeMarch 26, 2009 - August 1, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDennis Hightower
Rebecca Blank (Acting)
Succeeded byRebecca Blank (Acting)
Preceded byCarlos Gutierrez
21st Governor of Washington
In officeJanuary 15, 1997 - January 12, 2005
LieutenantBrad Owen
Succeeded byChristine Gregoire
Preceded byMike Lowry
5th King County Executive
In officeJanuary 4, 1994 - January 15, 1997
Succeeded byRon Sims
Preceded byTim Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 's 37th district
In officeJanuary 10, 1983 - January 3, 1994
Succeeded byVivian Caver
Preceded byPeggy Maxie

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Gary Faye Locke ( ; born January 21, 1950) is an American politician and the current United States Ambassador to China.

Locke was the 21st Governor of Washington, serving from 1997 to 2005. He was the first governor of a state in the Continental United States of Asian descent, and is the only Chinese American ever to serve as a governor. He was then appointed by President Barack Obama as United States Secretary of Commerce.


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