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Begich, Murkowski vote to confirm Pritzker

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority to confirm Penny Pritzker as the U.S. Commerce secretary.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she met with Pritzker recently and was pleased Pritzker was willing to engage on a number of Alaska concerns, including development of the Arctic and fisheries issues. She says Pritzker also stressed that sound science, not political advocacy, must guide federal decisions affecting oceans, fish and wildlife.

Sen. Mark Begich said Pritzker has traits that make her "more than qualified" to lead the department. He said those include a track record of job creation and experience in travel and tourism.

Pritzker is a billionaire business executive who has led several companies and serves as chair of investment firms Pritzker Realty Group and Artemis Real Estate Partners.