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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on President Obama’s Selection of New Deputy Commerce Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 13, 2011
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on President Obama’s choice of Terry Garcia as the next Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

“Terry Garcia’s experience, both at NOAA during the Clinton administration and at the National Geographic Society, makes him the perfect choice for Commerce’s next Deputy Secretary.  At National Geographic, he’s overseen programs that support hundreds of complex field research, conservation and exploration projects every year – skills that will serve him well as he strives to make each of Commerce's 12 bureaus more efficient and effective.” 

Terry D. Garcia, Nominee for Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce

Terry D. Garcia is currently Executive Vice President for Mission Programs at the National Geographic Society.  In that role, he is responsible for the annual management of more than 400 scientific, conservation and exploration projects. In June 2010, Mr. Garcia was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Deepwater Drilling. Prior to joining the National Geographic Society in 1999, Mr. Garcia was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as General Counsel of NOAA.  Before entering government service, Mr. Garcia was a partner in the law firms of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.  Mr. Garcia has served on various boards and commissions, including the Institute for Exploration/Mystic Aquarium, the Amazonian Center for Environmental Education and Research, the U.S. National Committee for the Census of Marine Life and the Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University.  He is also a trustee emeritus of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and has served on panels convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. He holds a B.A. from American University and a J.D. from The George Washington University.