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TheDailyBeast: Political Rising Stars of 2012

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Democrats: Gary Locke

How does a mild-mannered former Washington governor become a rising star? By heading overseas. After bringing the 2010 Census in $1.6 billion under budget as commerce secretary, he was detailed to China as ambassador, where he’s become a hit with Chinese citizens (the Chinese government, not so much). Along with Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, he’s part of a crew of young Democrats putting the Evergreen State on the political map.

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