03/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Judd Gregg, A Conservative Champion Of The Oceans

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), President Barack Obama's pick to be Secretary of Commerce, is a hard-core conservative. He supports drilling in the Arctic Refuge, opposes the United Nations, and is staunchly against abortion rights. In 1995, he even voted to abolish the Department of Commerce. However, he has a long record of championing the National Oceanic and Aeronautic Administration, the largest agency in the department. NOAA "accounts for 60 percent of the department's budget and one-third of its staff," with a complex mission of everything from "daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce." In 2006, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation honored Gregg with their annual leadership award:

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