Source: Obama to nominate commerce secretary as China envoy

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China to succeed Jon Huntsman, who will step down on April 30, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Monday.

Locke is a former two-term governor of Washington and the first Chinese-American to be commerce secretary, according to the Commerce Department website.

He also was a partner in the international law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he co-chaired the firm’s China practice, the website said.

Huntsman, a former Republican governor of Utah, is believed to be considering a presidential run in 2012.

From CNN’s Jill Dougherty

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