“Governor Locke has the global outlook, leadership, and knowledge it’s going to take to lead the Department of Commerce through near-term challenges, while at the same time making the right decisions for the future of this country,” said Cantwell. “As the Governor of
Governor Gary Locke was elected
The Department of Commerce works to promote trade and to ensure compliance with trade laws and export controls to strengthen the international economic position of the United States; promote progressive domestic business policies and growth; improve comprehension and uses of the physical environment and its oceanic life; ensure effective use and growth of the Nation’s scientific and technical resources; acquire , analyze, and disseminate information regarding the nation and the economy to help achieve increased social and economic benefit; and assisting states, communities, and individuals with economic progress.
Cantwell is Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. She has made protecting our waterways from oil spills and recognizing the dangerous effects of climate change and ocean acidification a priority. She has also worked tirelessly to improve fisheries management and promote conservation, while supporting a robust national fishing industry.