President Barack Obama has picked former Washington Governor Gary Locke as his latest choice for commerce secretary.

If confirmed by the US Senate, he will take over a department that oversees apparel and textile trade through the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA).

Among its responsibilities, OTEXA supervises the implementation of all textile trade agreements, formulates trade policy, performs research and analysis, compiles industry data, and promotes US trade events for a whole spectrum of textile and apparel goods.

Mr Locke is the third nomination for the role so far, after two earlier appointees removed themselves from the running.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, withdrew after being the focus of a federal investigation, while Republican Senator Judd Gregg pulled out following political disagreements.

Supporting the latest choice, Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) said: "As governor of Washington, Mr Locke has recognised the ways in which international trade can be an engine for economic growth and opportunity for businesses, manufacturers, and consumers."