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Gary Locke
駱家輝
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10th United States Ambassador to China
In office
August 16, 2011 – March 1, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jon Huntsman Jr.
Succeeded by Max Baucus
36th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 26, 2009 – August 1, 2011
President Barack Obama
Deputy Dennis Hightower
Rebecca Blank (acting)
Preceded by Carlos Gutierrez
Succeeded by John Bryson
21st Governor of Washington
In office
January 15, 1997 – January 12, 2005
Lieutenant Brad Owen
Preceded by Mike Lowry
Succeeded by Christine Gregoire
5th King County Executive
In office
January 4, 1994 – January 15, 1997
Preceded by Tim Hill
Succeeded by Ron Sims
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
January 10, 1983 – January 3, 1994
Preceded by Peggy Maxie
Succeeded by Vivian Caver
Personal details
Born
Gary Faye Locke

January 21, 1950 (1950-01-21) (age 70)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Mona Lee
(m. 1994; div. 2015)
Children 3
Education Yale University (BA)
Boston University (JD)

Gary Faye Locke (born January 21, 1950) is an American politician. He was the 10th United States ambassador to China (2011–14). He was the 21st Governor of Washington (1997–2005) and served in the Obama administration as United States Secretary of Commerce (2009–11).

Locke is the first governor in the United States of East Asian descent, and is the only Chinese American ever to have served as a governor of any state. He was also the first Chinese American to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China.


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