Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act 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 Hussein ObamaDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Biden nominates Jane Hartley as ambassador to UK To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill 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