More diversity likely in next Obama job selections

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 08:30 hrs

President Barack Obama is ready to put a diverse face on his administration in his new wave of Cabinet nominees — an image that was missing as he filled the first round of vacancies of his second term with a parade of white men.

Obama is said to be looking at women, Latinos, even openly gay candidates for top slots at the departments of Commerce, Labor and Interior, and for his own White House budget office.

People familiar with the selection process say the leading candidate for commerce secretary is Penny Pritzker, a long-time Obama ally and Chicago fundraiser. The top candidate for the White House Office of Management and Budget is Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a former budget, White House and treasury official in the Clinton administration.

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