Cameron Kerry, who has been general counsel at the Commerce Department since 2009, will take over after the current acting secretary,
Kerry would hold the job while
Obama announced on May 2 his nomination of Pritzker to the position, whose occupant serves as the administration's chief liaison to the business community and an ambassador for U.S. business interests abroad.
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"Cam has been at the Department of Commerce since 2009 and has worked on all aspects of the department's mission in his role as general counsel," Blank said in her email.
She also announced that Patrick Gallagher, the undersecretary for standards and technology, would serve as acting deputy secretary.
Blank has been acting Commerce head since June, when former
Blank is leaving to be chancellor of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Kerry temporarily joins his brother as what appear to be the first set of brothers to serve in a presidential cabinet.
Cameron Kerry was a senior advisor on the 2004 presidential campaign of his brother, who was the Democratic nominee. John Kerry became secretary of State in February after 28 years as a senator from Massachusetts.