WASHINGTON--Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) lauded Commerce Secretary nominee Penny Pritzker, the Chicago billionaire business executive a few hours before introducing her with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at her Thursday confirmation hearing.
"When somebody from your state gets nominated for a top job, which often happens when your president is from your state, today I'm going to be introducing Penny Pritzker of Chicago to be our next commerce secretary. Pretty excited to do that," Kirk said at a coffee for Illinois consitutients he co-hosted with Durbin.
He said Pritzker was "a vibrant part of the Jewish world, of the charitable world in Chicago."
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