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Commerce

COMMERCE Obama announced Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire was his choice for Commerce secretary. Gregg is the third Republican or Republican-leaning member of Obama's cabinet. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a registered independent, has served most recently as former President George W. Bush's Pentagon chief. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was a Republican House member from Peoria, Ill. Obama's first pick for the job, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew his nomination citing a grand jury investigation.
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