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February 24, 2009 | Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger
President Obama is expected to select former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as Commerce secretary, a position the White House has had a difficult time filling. An administration official speaking on condition of anonymity because the appointment has not been made public said the nomination could be announced this week. Locke would be Obama's third pick for the post. The first, New Mexico Gov.
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WORLD
February 27, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- As the United States' first Chinese American ambassador to China, Gary Locke made an impression on many ordinary people here with his down-to-earth ways - carrying his own backpack, paying for his Starbucks with a coupon and flying economy class. His man-of-the-people demeanor, honed as two-term governor of Washington state, provided a sharp contrast to the often-remote and sometimes corrupt ways of the Chinese ruling class. Many netizens approved of his style, but a number of media organs affiliated with the Communist Party were discomfited by the unassuming envoy.
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NATIONAL
February 26, 2009 | Mark Silva
President Obama on Wednesday nominated Gary Locke to be secretary of Commerce, saying that the former Washington governor would serve as an ambassador for American industry abroad. Locke, the nation's first Chinese American governor when he took office in 1997, is the president's third pick for Commerce secretary. His first two choices -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, and New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican -- withdrew.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Senate easily confirmed one of its own Thursday, endorsing the nomination of longtime Montana Sen. Max Baucus as the new U.S. ambassador to China. The vote was unanimous, 96 to 0. Baucus voted “present.” The Democratic senator stood at his desk accepting congratulations from his colleagues in both parties as the clerk called the roll. After the final tally was announced, Baucus was set to deliver his farewell speech to the body in which he's served since 1978.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who has managed to remain popular in his home state despite its economic woes, announced Monday that he would not seek a third term -- leaving the 2004 governor's race wide open. The country's first Chinese American governor and chairman of the Democratic Governors' Assn., Locke, 53, said in an interview that he and his wife had been "going back and forth" for weeks, and finally made the decision in the last few days.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal agents say the one-time leader of an antigovernment group, arrested for alleged firearms violations, may have been plotting to assassinate Gov. Gary Locke. The FBI was tipped about an alleged plot by James D. Brailey Jr., 43, nearly two years ago, according to court papers.
NEWS
April 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Gary Locke told the Navy he is alarmed at the growing number of fuel spills by warships and disappointed by the lack of cooperation in investigating them. In a letter to Navy Secretary John H. Dalton, Locke said six spills have dumped 10,000 gallons of fuel into Puget Sound this year. Locke said the Navy has refused to let state inspectors board the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama will nominate John Bryson, former chairman and CEO of Edison International, to be his new Commerce secretary, the White House said Tuesday. Bryson is also former president of the California Public Utilities Commission and a former chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental advocacy group. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The Senate easily confirmed one of its own Thursday, endorsing the nomination of longtime Montana Sen. Max Baucus as the new U.S. ambassador to China. The vote was unanimous, 96 to 0. Baucus voted “present.” The Democratic senator stood at his desk accepting congratulations from his colleagues in both parties as the clerk called the roll. After the final tally was announced, Baucus was set to deliver his farewell speech to the body in which he's served since 1978.
WORLD
November 19, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle. The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his reasons for stepping down were purely personal, revolving around the education of his children, two of whom are in high school. "We wanted our kids to have junior and senior year of high school back in the United States," Locke said in a telephone interview on Wednesday from the Beijing Capital International Airport, where he was about to fly on a trade mission to Kunming in southwestern China.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
The Chinese put up with a lot living in the world's most populous country: standing on over-crowded trains for 40 hours; sleeping outside hospitals to secure a doctor's appointment; waiting more than a year to earn a driver's license. Add getting a U.S. entry visa to the list. Applicants here have waited as long as 60 days to secure an appointment at one of five U.S. consular locations in China that process visas. There, they're often greeted by long lines, followed by a face-to-face interview that can end badly in a matter of seconds.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The photo looks innocent enough: Newly named U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke buys a coffee at a Starbucks in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The former governor of Washington and first Chinese American to serve in the post has a backpack on and his daughter at his side while he makes the transaction. So why oh why has this photo gone viral in China ? Businessman ZhaoHui Tang, who snapped the photo and posted it to a Chinese social media network, explains in this Associated Press story: "This is something unbelievable in China," said Tang, a Chinese American citizen.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
John Bryson, the former Southern California utility executive nominated to be Commerce secretary, promised senators that he would have a "relentless focus" on job creation as he tried to ease concerns that his environmental views were too liberal. Bryson, 67, faced some tough criticism during his confirmation hearing Tuesday for favorable comments he made in 2009 about legislation to limit carbon emissions. The concerns were largely from Republicans but also came from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama will nominate John Bryson, former chairman and CEO of Edison International, to be his new Commerce secretary, the White House said Tuesday. Bryson is also former president of the California Public Utilities Commission and a former chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental advocacy group. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would succeed Gary Locke, who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
President Obama on Tuesday nominated former Edison International Chairman and Chief Executive John E. Bryson to be Commerce Secretary, tapping an environmental lawyer-turned-corporate executive in hopes of reaching out to a business community that has been critical of the administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson, 67, would replace Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who was nominated in March to be the new ambassador to China. Bryson is best known for having headed Edison International, parent company of the Southern California Edison electric utility, during the state's electricity market meltdown in 2000-01.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
John Bryson, the former Southern California utility executive nominated to be Commerce secretary, promised senators that he would have a "relentless focus" on job creation as he tried to ease concerns that his environmental views were too liberal. Bryson, 67, faced some tough criticism during his confirmation hearing Tuesday for favorable comments he made in 2009 about legislation to limit carbon emissions. The concerns were largely from Republicans but also came from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)
WORLD
June 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
XINING, China -- The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, paid a rare visit to Tibet this week as human rights advocates blasted the Chinese government's policy of luring Tibetan nomads into concrete housing projects with little job opportunities. In meetings with residents and officials, Locke stressed the need to preserve Tibetan culture and urged authorities to allow foreigners to travel more freely in the tightly controlled region, according to the Associated Press. The Tibetan Autonomous Region, as it is known, has been mostly closed to western diplomats and journalists since an uprising in 2008 against Chinese rule.
WORLD
March 10, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
The prospect of a Chinese American becoming the American ambassador to China is rousing strong emotions in Beijing, revealing a thicket of conflicting feelings about race, national identity and patriotism. Much of the reaction to President Obama's nominee, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, whose grandfather went to the U.S. from southern China more than a century ago, has been positive. Locke is a former governor of his home state of Washington who has made frequent trips to China, often attracting enthusiastic crowds.
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