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Begich Statement on Nomination of Penny Pritzker to Head Commerce Department

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, today made the following statement after President Obama announced he would nominate businesswoman Penny Pritzker as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

“I’m glad to see the President nominate a seasoned business woman as Commerce Secretary with a proven track record of creating jobs in key American industries. With more coastline that any other state, Alaskans have an important relationship with the Department of Commerce which is responsible for overseeing our fisheries and oceans and promoting the many jobs that depend the oceans.

“Penny Pritzker has an extensive and diverse resume of business experience, including in the visitor industry which is vital to Alaska’s economy. I hope she likes salmon because she’ll have to learn a lot about Alaska, oceans and fisheries management, and the importance of our natural resources to the overall economy.  With Alaska facing fisheries disasters, a flood of marine debris, and an evolving National Oceans Policy, there’s a lot the Obama administration needs to address, and the Commerce Secretary will play a key role.   As a member of the Commerce Committee and Chairman of the Oceans Subcommittee, I look forward to learning more about Ms. Pritzker in her nomination hearing and asking her tough but important questions about how she plans to grow the economy, help Alaska small businesses, and create good paying jobs across the country.”

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