They say the third time's the charm.

Let's hope that's the case for President Barack Obama and his efforts to find a commerce secretary.

In fairness, the problem hasn't been finding someone to fill the post - it's more about getting someone through the confirmation process.

Obama's efforts to fill his cabinet have been thwarted by nominees who lack an interest in paying their taxes, or for some other reason aren't able to cross the finish line.

This time around it looks like he's found a winner - at least as far as the commerce department goes. He's nominated former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, whom we're quite sure will bring honor and dignity both to a new leadership post and the confirmation proceedings.

Locke is an individual of impeccable character who distinguished himself during two terms as governor of the Evergreen State. As America's first Chinese-American governor he lends further diversity to the Obama administration, but that's a sidenote against the backdrop of his qualifications.

An Eagle Scout and an honors graduate of Seattle's Franklin High School, Locke went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Yale and his law degree from the Boston University School of Law. He served as governor from 1997 until 2005 and would most likely have been retained for a third term had he not chosen to leave so he could spend more time with his family.

Since leaving Washington's statehouse he has served with a prominent Seattle legal firm.

His record as governor would suggest he shares Obama's genuine commitment to bipartisan solutions rooted in statesmanship and good government rather than party politics. In that regard, he will be an effective ally for the president in helping demonstrate the value of bipartisanship for both the House and Senate leadership.

The entire Pacific Northwest can be proud to have a native son chosen for such a prestigious position.

Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the East Oregonian editorial board, comprised of Editor George Murdock, Associate Publisher Kathryn Brown, General Manager Wendy DalPez and Managing Editor Skip Nichols. Other columns, letters and cartoons on this page express the opinions of the authors and not necessarily that of the East Oregonian.

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