By and  on December 4, 2008

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, will take the reins of a sprawling department responsible for stabilizing key elements of the U.S. economy and trade relations.

If confirmed by the Senate, Richardson will head an agency that monitors the apparel and textile trade through the Office of Textiles and Apparel and make decisions in trade remedy cases. Part of the larger mission of the far-reaching Commerce Department is to spur economic growth and job creation, a particularly important role as the U.S. rides out the recession. The agency oversees everything from the collection of economic data and the U.S. Census to imports, exports and intellectual property.

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