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Officials: Obama To Nominate Gregg For Commerce

President Obama plans to nominate Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) as his commerce secretary on Tuesday, White House officials confirmed, as Democrats described a deal over how to replace Gregg in the Senate.

Even though New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is a Democrat, he says there is an "understanding" that he'll appoint a Republican to replace Gregg. This will allow Republicans to keep the 41 seats it needs to filibuster the majority Democrats. But Gregg's replacement will agree not to run in two years, thus giving Democrats a chance to win the seat.

Gregg, 61, is the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. Known as an effective negotiator, it's thought he could help persuade reluctant colleagues to support the administration's $800 billion economic stimulus package.

If confirmed, Gregg would be the third Republican in the Cabinet. The other two are Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.