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Obama taps Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent

A White House official says President Barack Obama will name a longtime fundraiser to run the Commerce Department and a top economic adviser as the next U.S. Trade Representative. The Commerce nominee is expected to be Penny Pritzker, left, shown in a Oct. 4, 2010 file photo and The U.S. Trade Representative is expected to be Mike Froman seen in an Oct. 8, 2010 file photo. Obama will announce both nominations from the White House Thursday morning May 2, 2013 before departing for Mexico. (AP Photo/File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is nominating longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department and economic adviser Michael Froman to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

The president announced the nominations Thursday in a Rose Garden ceremony, where he promised to work them to the bone once they're on the job. He says they will help strengthen the economy and increase a sense of security for the middle class.

Pritzker is a Hyatt hotel heiress. She's Obama's final pick to fill a Cabinet post that has been vacant since former Secretary John Bryson resigned.

Froman is one of Obama's senior economic advisers and a former Citigroup executive. He is to replace Ron Kirk, who stepped down as trade representative in February.