Commerce Secretary Gary Locke praised the pick for White House chief of staff on Thursday in an interview with reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show.
William Daley, a former Clinton administration Commerce secretary, was announced as the new chief on the same day.
Locke said he reached out to Daley for advice before he took the helm at the Commerce Department.
"We had several meetings where he imparted his wisdom and help; I'm excited to have him as chief of staff," Locke said.
Locke said Daley is well-respected on Capitol Hill and with industry. He also said he has a record of working in a bipartisan fashion. Daley, among many other things, is a former telecom-industry executive who served as president of SBC Communications before it became AT&T.