The 21st Governor of Washington from 1997 to 2005 who served in the Obama administration as United States Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011.
He got his law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1975.
He was the first Chinese American ever to serve as a Governor, and in 2011 he became the first Chinese American to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China.
He had three children with his wife Mona Lee, who he married in 1994.
He was appointed US Secretary of Commerce by President Barack Obama .