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Penny Pritzker is pick as commerce secretary

Penny Pritzker is pick as commerce secretary

President Barack Obama lauded her skills, several prominent business groups quickly heaped praise and critics remained generally quiet after Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker was introduced Thursday as Obama's nominee to lead the Commerce Department.

But given Washington's divisive political culture, there will no doubt be some battling over Pritzker's confirmation by the Senate, with criticism of the 54-year-old billionaire anticipated from Republicans and Democrats.

Pritzker, a member of Chicago's wealthiest family, was an early supporter of Obama's. She also has taken on labor groups who support Democrats through her school reform work and her seat on the board of...