Gary Locke

American politician

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).

Gary Locke
10th United States Ambassador to China
In office
August 16, 2011 – March 1, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJon Huntsman Jr.
Succeeded byMax Baucus
36th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
March 26, 2009 – August 1, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDennis Hightower
Rebecca Blank (acting)
Preceded byCarlos Gutierrez
Succeeded byJohn Bryson
21st Governor of Washington
In office
January 15, 1997 – January 12, 2005
LieutenantBrad Owen
Preceded byMike Lowry
Succeeded byChristine Gregoire
5th King County Executive
In office
January 4, 1994 – January 15, 1997
Preceded byTim Hill
Succeeded byRon Sims
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
January 10, 1983 – January 3, 1994
Preceded byPeggy Maxie
Succeeded byVivian Caver
Personal details
Gary Faye Locke

(1950-01-21) January 21, 1950 (age 74)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Mona Lee
(m. 1994; div. 2015)
EducationYale University (BA)
Boston University (JD)

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.[1]


  1. Gilbert Cruz (February 25, 2009). "Commerce Secretary: Gary Locke". Time. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2009.