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Gary Locke

Former US ambassador to China, Gary Locke is a Chinese-American who was born in Seattle. He graduated from Yale and holds a law degree from Boston University. Locke was elected as the Governor of Washington twice, the nation’s first Chinese-American governor in history. Locke then served as Secretary of Commerce under the Obama administration in 2009 before assuming his role as ambassador to China on August 1, 2011.    

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Gary Locke to step down as US ambassador to China in early 2014

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 11:08am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 4:40pm

Gary Locke, the American ambassador to China, will be stepping down early next year, the American embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. 

The former secretary of commerce and governor of the state of Washington said he had informed US President Barack Obama earlier this month of his wish to leave his post to join his family in Seattle, Washington.

The 63-year-old is the first American ambassador of Chinese descent to serve in the post. Locke had been confirmed unanimously by the US senate to succeed John Huntsman in June 2011.

Read the full text of the statement.

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daily
So, what's the big deal here?
hk.speaks
Just one less person to show the Chinese officials that not all senior government officials lead extravagant lifestyles using public funds.
jayb
you must be kidding me... Gary Locke, when he leaves government, is set to make a lot more. he will join K street lobbying firm, sit on fortune 100 corp board, arranging multibillion $ business deals.... like every politician in US, government job is just a stepping stone to become multimillionaires.
 
 
 
 
 

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