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02/06/2013 06:17 pm ET Updated Apr 08, 2013

Jeffrey Zients Likely To Be Nominated For U.S. Trade Representative By Obama

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - White House deputy budget director Jeffrey Zients is President Barack Obama's frontrunner to take over as U.S. Trade Representative, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Zients has served as acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and is well liked within the administration.

Though Zients was considered a candidate to become director of OMB, sources said Obama had chosen Walmart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell for that job. An announcement of her selection was expected soon.

Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker was being considered for secretary of commerce, two sources said. Pritzker is a friend of Obama's and was a top fundraiser for his campaign.

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