Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) today praised the announcement of neighboring-state Gov. Bill Richardson (D) of New Mexico as the nation's next Commerce secretary, singling out the "Western values" Richardson will bring to President-elect Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare Obama to travel to South Pacific island to work on memoir: report Sanford: 'Testosterone can get you in trouble' MORE's Cabinet.

See below Reid's full statement, released by his Senate leadership office:

I commend President-elect Obama for selecting such a strong leader to guide our nation