Barack Obama is expected to nominate to head the Commerce Department, a senior Democratic source said on Tuesday.
President-elect Obama is expected to announce the appointment during a news conference scheduled for 1140 EST/1640 GMT on Wednesday in Chicago, his fifth since he began naming nominees for his Cabinet.
The appointment of Richardson, a former U.N. ambassador and energy secretary who became an Obama supporter earlier this year after dropping his own presidential bid, would make him the first Hispanic named to Obama’s rapidly filling Cabinet.
Last week Obama announced members of his economic team including his nominee for Treasury secretary, New York Federal Reserve President national security team including his designate for Secretary of State, New York ., and this week he unveiled his
Richardson, 61, had been a contender for thethat went to his former Democratic presidential rival Clinton, but at Commerce he will play a key role in efforts to revive the faltering U.S. economy.
(Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Sandra Maler from Reuters)