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US Senate confirms Pritzker to head Commerce Dept.

US President Barack Obama stands with Penny Pritzker during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2013. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the Chicago billionaire Pritzker as the new secretary of commerce.The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Barack Obama insider and Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker as the new secretary of commerce. Pritzker, a Hyatt hotels heiress, was the national finance chairwoman of Obama's 2008 campaign and national co-chair of his reelection campaign.