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Penny Pritzker Confirmed as Commerce Secretary

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Penny Pritzker, President Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, was confirmed by the Senate in a 97-1 vote Tuesday, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.

Vicki Needham and Ramsey Cox write Pritzker, the daughter of Hyatt hotel chain co-founder, will seek to help the White House and Congress find ways to spur job creation among youth and the long-term unemployed.

“She knows what it takes to build companies from the ground up, and she shares my belief in doing everything we can to help businesses and workers succeed and make America a magnet for good jobs,” Obama said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the only Senate member who voted against confirming Pritzker, the report says.

Pritzker succeeds John Bryson, who suffered health problems that led to his resignation a year ago.

A Senate committee voted unanimously earlier this month to approve Pritzker’s nomination.

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