United States Department of Commerce

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The United States Department of Commerce is one of the fifteen departments comprising the Cabinet of the United States. The department's mission is "is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad."[1] It was originally created as the United States Department of Commerce and Labor in 1903. It was renamed in 1913, and the labor division was transferred to the newly created Department of Labor. The current secretary of the Commerce Department is Wilbur Ross, as of 2017.


The Department of Commerce is in charge of governmental issues related to the economy and business. The Department is responsible for, among other things:

Additionally, the secretary of the Department of Commerce is the 10th person in the Presidential Line of Succession.

Recent history

President Obama had trouble succeeding in confirming a Secretary. His first nominee, Governor Bill Richardson withdrew himself after several of his donors were investigated by the federal government. His second nominee, Judd Gregg, cited irreconcilable problems with the 2010 Census and economic stimulus bill, and also withdrew from the nomination. The current secretary and third nominee, Gary Locke, was approved by the Senate on March 24, 2009.[2]


  1. United States Department of Commerce US Department of Commerce, retrieved 04/26/2011
  2. Senate Confirms Locke for Commerce Secretary Fox News, 03/24/2009

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